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Recognizing the rapid growth in the fitness industry in India, the CBSE has decided to offer a subject related to it for Std XI and XII. Fitness and Gym Operation will be a vocational course in sports from 2012-13 academic session and the central board hopes it will help students learn the skills that employers are looking for. What is unique is that the board is not treating this subject as an equivalent to physical education only, but it also dwells in to the management aspect of the fitness industry.
In a circular issued by the board last week, students will be required to study the local gym management scenario. Students will be studying about selecting a suitable location and establishment of a gym, its publicity requirements, policy, reception and information. Urvashi Yashroy, director, Tuli Group of Educational Institutes, said, "CBSE has been taking a lot of initiative in this field and introducing various vocational courses which will benefit the students. They have already started mass media and hotel management which are very career-focused courses, and we can expect more new courses to come to the fore.The fitness industry is growing, maybe not as rapidly as others, but still the course will help those who are looking to join it." The central board is now in talks with various organizations for a joint certification of the course - either partially or fully. The course exam will be of 100 marks of which theory will account for 60. There will be five units in the theory section (for both Std XI and XII) which will traverse variety of topics such as nutrition, fitness profiling, menu planning and financial operations. Practical’s, which carries 40 marks, is not restricted just to doing physical exercises in the school campus. Students of Std XI will have to visit local gyms and study the procurement, placement and maintenance of equipments. In Std XII students will study tele-marketing and etiquettes, along with 'concept of dietary aids and gimmicks'. Bodybuilder Anmol Singh Sabbarwhal said, "There is a great demand for professional setups in the fitness industry nowadays. People are going there not only for fitness but also as a social activity and this requires the establishment to employ staff which is courteous and understands that need. With students studying such a specialized course at a young age it will increase their interest in the field." However, schools which want to start this course are required to follow stringent guidelines of the CBSE. First and foremost schools will need to have a fully functional gym and a permanent staff member who has a post graduate degree in physical education. This staff member will have to attend a CBSE orientation programme at a venue which the board will announce later. Students too will have to undergo a 15-day internship during their summer vacation at a gym designated by the board, at their own cost.
Courtesy: Times of India
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