Tribune News Service
Amritsar , November 4
Guru Nanak Dev University signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sports Authority of India in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu and other officials of the university on Wednesday.
Sports Authority of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, has set up residential sports academy under Khelo India Scheme in Guru Nanak Dev University, in two sports disciplines i.e. fencing (M&W) and archery (M&W). These academies are accredited for a period of four years under Khelo India Talent Development Programme. These Khelo India academies are being established to strengthen India’s pursuit for excellence in Olympics with the effort to scale up the best sporting facilities available in India into academies of world class standard, where athletes from all over the country will be trained in their specific disciplines.
Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu said theses sports academies had been identified after in-depth analysis by a government committee. He further said that this was a step in the right direction to tap talent from across the country and train them into elite athletes, who can win medals for the country in all major international tournaments, especially in Olympics.
Prof SS Behl, Dean Academic Affairs, said, “There is a lot of talent available in this region that needs to be searched and nurtured. The sports academies will be highly beneficial for these young talents.”
Dr Preet Mohinder Singh Bedi, Director, university industry linkage cell, further informed that SAI would perform the primary function of broad basing and bringing excellence in sports in the country by providing all logistical support for the training of national teams and athletes participating in international sporting events and organising, developing and conducting sports education programmes through its regional centres and other field units.
Prof Sukhdev Singh, Director Sports, told that the selection trials for these academies would be conducted very soon. Kanwar Mandeep Singh, Assistant Director, was also present.