With the fitness industry booming in India, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to offer a Fitness and Gym Operation vocational course in sports for class 11 and 12 students from the academic year 2012-13.
The course will be offered in 50 schools across the country on a pilot basis.
“We are hoping that the course will help students to build a career in the fitness industry. It will also help students who are interested in making a career in sports,’’ said a board official.
Carrying 60 marks, the course will have five units in the theory part, while the practical part will carry 40 marks, having three units. The students in the class 11 course will get to learn about various aspects of health, fitness, physiology of exercise and training, structure of a health-related fitness programme, and diet and nutrition.
The practical section will include training in a gym, procurement, placement and handling of gym equipment, CPR and cryotherapy, body composition analysis, fitness testing and different exercises such as cardio training and weight training.
Students opting for the subject will have to undergo 15 days of in-house internship in the institution or gym designated by the board. Training for class 11 students will be held during the summer break before the new session begins and the cost of the internship will have to be paid either by the school or the students themselves.
“It’s a very good move by the board. It will also help the students to stay fit and eat healthy,” said Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School, Santa Cruz.
While city schools that already have an indoor gym will have no problem in introducing the subject, others are worried.
Deepshikha Srivastava, principal of Rajhans Vidyalaya at Andheri, said: “We have a well equipped gym and will be able to offer students good practice for the course. It is good that the board is coming up with such vocational course as they will help students find jobs easily.’’