Students of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan School in the Indian city of Haryana have started practicing Thoppu Karanam – a yoga exercise of doing fourteen sit-ups by holding one’s ears – in order to boost brain power. If successful, the practice would be adopted by nationwide schools.
CHANDIGARH: A group of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan School students from Haryana has started the ancient Indian practice of Thoppu Karanam (a type of yoga, in which a student holds his ear and do sit-ups). Endorsed by ancient scholars, this form of yoga is said to boost brain power, memory, and creativity.
According to the school administration, they have introduced this practice so that their students perform well in academics. This is a pilot project, which is currently in the phase of testing.
“At the current moment, we are testing this practice. We have divided a group of students into two – an experimental group and a normal group. Students of the experimental group with undergo this practice for a complete year, following which their academic performance will be monitored and compared with the normal group to see if the experimental ones have really outshined others or not,” said a Haryana School Education Board official.
Rajeev Parshad, secretary of the Haryana School Education Board, said that these sit-ups are not a punishment for students. “The students perform this with their hands on their ears to active acupressure points with their fingers, because that will sharpen their brain and memory,” he said. That’s why in normal routine, pupils in different schools are punished by having these sit-ups done in the classroom, he added.
The complete pilot project is scientifically performed under the supervision of the National Brain Research Centre in India. If the pilot project gets successful, the Indian Education Board will replicate this program in all other schools in the state.
“If this pilot project succeeds then it may be copied in other government colleges but the research and analysis of the outcomes will take a year,” said a school official.
The exam passing ratio is very low in Haryana. In 2018, 48% of students failed the exams, while this year, till now 43% of students have failed. The education board has rolled out Thoppu Karanam project to see if it increases the brainpower of Haryana students.