Khelo India Youth Games 2019 begins

The Khelo India Games is now bigger and better in its second edition, after being re-christened Khelo India Youth Games and now covering 18 different disciplines of which six are team sports. The Games will provide an opportunity to both school and college-level athletes in 10 to 21 years age group.

As a result, over 6000 athletes will compete at the event this year which will continue till 20th of this month.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore played table tennis with both hands and spoke at the same time while launching a ‘5MinuteAur’ challenge as part of the Khelo India movement. Rathore, an Olympic silver medallist in shooting, urged India’s leading athletes and actors to share their childhood stories when they would ask their parents to let them play for that five extra minutes.

He tagged Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal, Deepika Padukone, and Salman Khan to share their stories. The Minister said the ‘5-minute aur’ campaign for the Khelo India Youth Games 2019  is a reflection of the immense strides we’ve made and the journey that lies in front of us to make India a truly sporting nation. Col.Rathore  hoped it will inspire India to work towards incorporating sports as a way of life.

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India’s first national sports university to be set up in Manipur

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Union Cabinet’s approval on an ordinance to set up the country’s first national sports university in Manipur.

The Bill replaces National Sports University Ordinance, 2018 promulgated by President in May 2018 to protect interests of students who already have been enrolled in National Sports University.

Establishment of the University:  The Bill establishes a National Sports University located in Manipur. It will promote sports education in the areas of (i) sports sciences, (ii) sports technology, (iii) sports management, and (iv) sports coaching.  It will function as a national training center for select sports disciplines. It may also establish campuses and study centers in other parts of the country.  The University will be empowered to grant degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

The key objectives of the University are: (i) research, development and dissemination of knowledge in physical education and sports sciences, (ii) strengthening physical education and sports training programmes, (iii) generating knowledge capabilities, skills and competence at various levels, and (iv) training talented athletes to help them to evolve into international level athletes.

The Bill provides for several authorities under the University.  These include Court, Executive Council, Academic and Activity Council, Board of Sports Studies etc.

The central government will review and inspect the functioning of the University. The Executive Council may take action based on the inspection report. If it fails to take action to the satisfaction of the central government, it will have to comply with the directions issued by the central government. Further, the central government may annul any proceeding of the University which is not in line with the Act.

The University will be required to maintain a fund which will be credited with the funds that it receives from the central government, state government, and fees and money received from any other sources (grants and gifts).  All funds of the University will be invested as decided by the Board on the recommendation of the Finance Committee.

Setting up of National Sports University in Manipur will result in giving an opportunity for the youth of the country in general and of North Eastern States in particular for pursuing courses such as B.PEd, MPEd, Diploma/certificate courses in coaching, physiotherapy, fitness, sports management, sports journalism, etc.

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Andhra Pradesh announces Rs 1000 per month to unemployed youths

Ahead of the state elections due to be held close to general elections, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu rolled out a slew of schemes.

The government has launched ‘Mukhya Mantri-Yuva Nestham’, a scheme through which an allowance of Rs 1000 per month will be provided to unemployed youth in the state. The decision was taken in a state cabinet meeting held in Amaravathi.

Highlights of the scheme:

Under the scheme, an allowance of Rs 1000 per month will be provided to unemployed youth in the state.

About 12 lakh youths in the age group of 22-35 years will get the benefit of the scheme. The registration for the scheme will start mid-August.

The scheme will be extended to all those eligible even if there is more than one beneficiary in a family.

The money will be credited directly into the bank accounts through biometric authentication.

The government will not only provide financial help to the unemployed youth but also provide training and help them develop their skills.

The data of unemployed youth in the state will be made available for industries and companies searching for young talent.

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Rajnath Singh launches ‘Student Police Cadet’ programme

Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, yesterday launched the nationwide Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme, which aims to build a bridge between the police and school students by inculcating values and ethics in them through classes. The Ministry of Home Affairs-sponsored programme focuses on students of classes VIII and IX. In the initial phase, it will be implemented in all government schools in urban and rural areas across the country, an official statement had said.

About the Student Police Cadet Programme:

The programme seeks to build a bridge between the Police and the larger community through school students by inculcating values and ethics in them through classes in school and outside.

The programme focuses on students of class 8 & 9 and special care has been taken to ensure that it does not lead to an increase in the workload of the students.

The programme does not have any prescribed textbook nor is any exam envisaged. Only one class in a month is proposed.

The programme seeks to cover broadly two kinds of topics: Crime prevention and control and Values and ethics.

The Programme shall be at first implemented in Government schools in both urban and rural areas.

The programme shall be steered by a State-level committee to be headed by the Principal Secretary, Home Department with the Principal Secretary, Education and Director General of Police as members. There shall be a similar committee at the district level headed by the District Magistrate with the District Inspector of Schools and Superintendent of Police as members.

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Cabinet approves Revamped Khelo India Programme

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs.1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the Programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.

The revamped Khelo India Programme would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.

Salient features:

  • An unprecedented Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme, which would cover 1,000 most talented young athletes each year across select sports disciplines.
  • Each athlete selected under the scheme shall receive an annual scholarship worth Rs. 5.00 lakh for 8 consecutive years.
  • This is the first time ever that a long-term athlete development pathway would be made available to gifted and talented youngsters to excel in competitive sports and will create a pool of highly competitive athletes who can compete to win at the world stage.
  • The Programme aims to promote 20 universities across the country as hubs of sporting excellence, which would enable talented sports persons to pursue the dual pathway of education and competitive sports.
  • The Programme also aims at creating an active population with healthy life-style.
  • The Programme would cover about 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive, which will not only measure the physical fitness of all children in the age group, but also support their fitness related activities.

Impact:

  • The power of sport in promoting gender equity and social inclusiveness is also fully recognized and special measures are provided for to achieve these objectives.
  • The programme also aims at engaging youth living in disturbed and deprived areas, in sporting activities, to wean them away from unproductive and disruptive activities and mainstream them in the nation-building process.
  • The programme strives to raise the standards of competition, both at school and college level, to have maximum access to organized sports competitions.
  • It also includes the use of latest user-friendly technology in all aspects of sports promotion such as, use of mobile apps for dissemination of sports training; National Sports Talent Search portal for talent identification; interactive website for indigenous sports; GIS based information system for locating and using sports infrastructure, etc.
  • This programme strives to promote “Sports for All” as well as “Sports for Excellence.”
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