Punjab CM asks Sports department to submit proposal for Sports University at Patiala

December 18, 2018 06:04 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh directed the Sports Department to work out the modalities for setting up of Sports University at Patiala, in line with the draft legislation submitted to him by International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Randhir Singh.

The Chief Minister asked the Sports Department to seek clearance from the Finance Department to establish the prestigious sports university and present the legislation before the Council of Ministers (COM) in the next Cabinet meeting.

Disclosing this, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Committee Chairperson Randhir Singh discussed the draft legislation with the Chief Minister, along with Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, at the Post Graduate Institute for Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) where the Capt Amarinder is recuperating after kidney stone removal surgery.

The spokesperson further said that once the proposal is cleared by the Cabinet, the process for other requisite formalities would be initiated on fast track. The University would generate capabilities for the development of knowledge, skills and competence at various levels in the fields of physical education and sports sciences, sports technology and high-performance training of all sports and games. It would also provide the best coaching facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructure, besides efficient institutional support to budding athletes.

Reiterating his personal commitment to provide a healthy supporting environment to state athletes, Capt. Amarinder asked the Sports Minister to provide all possible assistance and cooperation to aspiring youth preparing for various national and international sports events.

The Chief Minister had set up the steering committee to work out the modalities for the proposed university; Committee was mandated to examine the existing national and international models of sports universities for submitting a draft to the Government.

Besides Randhir Singh, the committee includes MLA Pargat Singh, former Vice Chancellor of Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education Gwalior J S Narula, and former VC of Rajasthan Sports University L S Ranawat.

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