Kolkata: In a first-of-its-kind intuitive, the Bengal Government has decided to provide training in the 2,000-year-old martial art of taekwondo to medical students studying in the government medical colleges.
Earlier, certain all-India institutions did provide martial arts training to its students, but this is the first time that a State Government would be providing the training.
Not just medical students, any health worker, nurse or official posted in these medical colleges can attend the taekwondo classes. There are 13 medical colleges in Bengal.
Martial arts not only teaches self-defence but along with it, self-confidence, stress management, showing respect to others, communication, etc., and it is these other aspects that are being looked into as equally important lessons for the students.
These aspects are essential for becoming a well-rounded person, and service to people being the essential motto of doctors, these are of equal importance along with professional skill.