Realizing the values of physical activities on human health and fitness, today, physical education programmes have been included in the curriculum of Indian schools and colleges considering its importance for inculcation of values and development of personality.
Objectives: To evaluate the implementation status of Physical Education in Colleges in West Bengal & to assess the attitude of policy makers and implementers towards implementation of Physical Education in the Colleges.
Method: The data were gathered by administering custom made questionnaires, checklists and rating scales. The policy documents were analyzed considering internal and external criticism, whereas percentage-wise analysis was done for other data. Two Attitude scales (one for Head of the colleges, and another for the director of Physical Education) were also constructed for evaluating their attitudes while implementing Physical Education in colleges in the state.
Results: The policy documents obtained from primary and secondary sources were found authentic. The critical review of the documents revealed that the Govt. of West Bengal framed a committee under the leadership of the then DPI (Director of Public Instruction) to review and recommend if physical education can be introduced formally in the Colleges. The committee, after review, recommended physical education (as optional subject) for inclusion in the curriculum of colleges in West Bengal.
Conclusion: The policies of Bengal Government on Physical Education for the colleges have been properly designed and there is no lacuna on the part of the state Government towards implementation of Physical Education in the colleges in West Bengal. There may be a possibility to make Physical Education as a compulsory subject in the colleges in West Bengal.