From the time immemorial, school assembly has always taken place in the morning, but a change in lifestyle in metropolitan cities, incidence of Vitamin ‘D’ deficiencies amongst children were seen a sharp increase. In order to fight the deficiency, schools in Delhi has come forward to hold the morning assembly at 11am. According to research, 20 minutes of sunlight exposure between 11am to 1 pm can produce five times more Vitamin D in the skin as compared to morning hours. A leading private school in Delhi held the Noon Assembly to increase the Vitamin D absorption.
Since its launch on April 9, the ‘Noon Assembly’ initiative has been seeing increasing participation. More than 35 thousand students from more than 40 schools have received over 700 thousand sun minutes. Schools from Varanasi in UP and Dhanbad in Jharkhand have also conducted the Noon Assembly in their premises.