Delhi will be the city to enjoy India’s first Sports University, Delhi Cabinet approved the bill to set it up on Thursday. The university will offer under graduation, post-graduation and doctoral degrees in sports like Cricket, Hockey, and Football amongst many other.
While making the announcement, he exclaimed that the university will be built in Mundka and will spread across 90 acres of land consisting of sports schools. The cabinet approved bill where the University got the right to build constituent schools and colleges now has to be approved by Delhi’s Lt. Governor Mr. Anil Baijal, before passing it in the fall session of the Assembly.
Delhi CM said, “Earlier, a sportsperson used to be uncertain about his future, just for the fact that if he is not able to establish a career in sports, and he will just be called a school pass out. He would not get a job because every job requires at least a graduation degree to get through. This sports university will grant you a degree in sports such as cricket, and hockey. A passionate sportsperson can now devote all his time to playing and excelling in sports”.
Delhi Sports University, hereby referred as DSU, is offered to be run as a State University and to ensure students are groomed and educated for a career in sports Delhi Sports School will be a full-fledged school affiliated to CBSE. A close associate of the cabinet added “To ensure that such sportspersons are also equipped in educational and literary skills, the Centre shall besides the training towards sporting excellence, have provisions and facilities for liberal academics to ensure that the trainees and sportspersons also obtain formal academic degrees from Delhi Sports University depending on their sporting talents.”
Delhi’s deputy CM Mr. Manish Sisodia added “It is a matter of disappointment that many students who have played sports at the national-level are nowhere on the same platform as students who can give their IAS examinations because they have a graduation degree. The share of jobs under sports quota is also limited. We are hoping to eradicate that uncertainty from the minds of sportspersons”.
Still under Idea Stage
The CM of Delhi said that the curriculum of DSU and the subjects are still being worked upon and will be further developed after acute discussions with the experts. We do not know the timeline of the University yet however, we know that the Chancellor of the DSU will be the Lt.Governor and the Vice-Chancellor would be a sportsperson of global recognition and reputation with in hand experience in a national level institution. In the end, we can say that this is a very thoughtful step taken up by the Delhi government to nurture and solidify the careers of new aspirants who are looking to contribute to India’s image in International sports.