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‘India’s first’ sports university to be set up in Mundka, Delhi (Relevant for GS Prelims)

The Delhi Cabinet approved a Bill to set up “India’s first” sports university in Delhi. The university will offer graduation, post graduation and doctorate degrees in cricket, football, and hockey among other sports.

The Delhi Sports University (DSU) is proposed to be set up as a State university and it will have a full-fledged Delhi Sports School, affiliated to the CBSE, for imparting education with emphasis on sports and to groom the students for a career in sports. The university will be established in 90 acres of land in Mundka, Delhi.

‘The Delhi Sports University Bill’ approved by the Cabinet, grants the university the right to establish constituent schools and colleges.

The Chancellor of the Delhi Sports University will be the Lt. Governor. The Vice-Chancellor would be a sportsperson of inter-national eminence with administrative experience in a national-level institution.

What purpose will the university solve?
In words of Arvind Kejriwal, “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, 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.”

“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”.

Source: The Hindu



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