Fit India Movement Explained – Fit India School Grading System

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a nation-wide Fit India Movement on National Sports Day (29th August 2019). It is aimed at encouraging people to give priority to sports and fitness in their day-to-day lives.

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The University Grants Commission has directed the universities across the country to prepare for the Fit India Movement.

A 28-member committee comprising government officials, members of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), national sports federations, private bodies and fitness promoters was also constituted to advise the government on the Fit India Movement. The committee under the chairmanship of sports minister Kiren Rijiju, has 12 members from the government, including secretaries of Sports, Secondary Education, Ayush, Youth Affairs, among others

Fit India School Grading System

The government has launched the Fit India School grading system in schools across the country. The Fit India School rankings have been divided into three categories:

  1. The Fit India Schools: It is the first level of ranking
  2. Fit India School (3 star):
  3. Fit India School (5 star):

The level of ranking will depend on how much importance the school gives to inculcating fitness among its students and teachers, besides facilities available for fitness activities. Schools can declare themselves as fit by visiting the Fit India portal. Fit India three star and Fit India five star ratings will also be given

UGC Action Plan for Fit India Movement

The University Grants Commission (UGC)’s released the action plan to implement ‘Fit India Campaign’ in the higher educational institutions:

  • Complete ban on the junk foods in canteens within the institute’s premises
  • A 45 minute physical activity period for each student every day
  • Talks by doctors, health specialists, nutritionists
  • It recommends setting up of a 20 member fitness club with at least four female members to be part of it. The club would comprise of students, staff and faculty as members. The objective of the clubs is to organise fitness activity, sports events and sensitise people about adopting healthy lifestyles. Fitness Club will meet at least once in a month to review their plan and achievements
  • The grading obtained by the institutions in the Fit India Campaign will give a weight-age of 5 per cent marks in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)

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