sports varsity

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jun 2018 12:35:39


THE National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government needs to be congratulated for taking the decision to set up the country’s first sports university in Imphal, in the North-Eastern State of Manipur. The Government also needs to be congratulated for selecting a place like Imphal because the entire region holds very good promise for sports promotion as the people of the North-Eastern region have established themselves as great sports lovers with several sportspersons, including women, making it big at national and even international levels. Hence it is apt to locate this premier national institution where the sports culture is vibrant. While the proposed sports university will come in handy for sports lovers of North-Eastern region because of its proximity to them, remoteness of distance should be no deterrent for sportspersons from rest of the country. The only requirement is that the proposed university should evolve into an institution of global standards where all-round sports education would flourish under the guidance of top class experts in various sports related disciplines.


The country has been badly missing specialised and institutionalised education in the field of sports which would take care of all activities related to sports. Though Sports Authority of India (SAI) and National Sports Academies are engaged in the activities of training and coaching, only a university fully dedicated to focus on all aspects connected with sports activities would fulfil the needs of sportpersons.
With the President of India giving his assent to the ordinance approved by the Union Cabinet, the way has been cleared for the setting up of the University. The mandate from the Union Cabinet to the proposed Sports University, the first of its kind in the country, is very comprehensive and all-encompassing. The University is expected to promote education in sports sciences, sports technology, sports management, coaching, besides functioning as the national training centre for some of the sports disciplines by adopting best international practices.
The goals set for the proposed University are laudable. What is required is equipping the University with all the required paraphernalia, including best of faculties, even international ones. Depending on the success, efficacy and utility of the institution as a pivot for promotion of sports, there could be scope for expanding the network of such Universities all over the country. Some time ago President of the Indian Olympic Committee (IOC) Mr. Batra had wanted Indian Gold medal tally to go up manifold at events like Olympic Games. The University could play its part in achieving that dream.