Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said that sports nurtures both mind and body and enables students to become well-rounded across disciplines.
“National Education Policy has given us an opportunity to promote Sports through multidisciplinary system and end fragmentation in education system,” said the Lieutenant Governor in his address after inaugurating Chancellor’s Trophy at University of Jammu.
More than 550 sportspersons from various universities are participating in the three-day mega sports event ‘Sauhard’.
The Lt Governor called upon the Higher Education institutions to promote sports as a core subject.
“Sports is a powerful medium to ensure physical-emotional health, enhances learning efficiency and helps in character building,” he added and cited various reports and studies on the impact of sports on the mind of an individual stating that the researchers considered Sports as a miracle for the brain and it is important that sports should be a part of our curriculum.
Highlighting the initiatives taken for holistic development of youth, the Lt Governor said, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the National Education Policy is creating a progressive ecosystem for the students to translate their dreams into reality.
“The Prime Minister’s vision for FIT India, Khelo India, National Education Policy, start-up opportunities, is building a strong foundation for India’s future,” said the Lt Governor.
He also pointed out that sports was deeply rooted in the ancient education system and added, “our Gurukuls had emphasized using Sports as a tool to enable socio-economic change.”
The Lt Governor encouraged the youth to follow in the footsteps of prominent personalities who achieved excellence in both academics and sports.
“Nothing is Impossible. You can achieve excellence in any field with your hard-work, dedication, right guidance and can build your future with your individuality and independent thinking,” said the Lt Governor.
Advisor to Lt Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar reiterated the commitment of the administration to providing all necessary facilities to sportspersons and making J&K a sporting powerhouse.
Prof Umesh Rai, Vice-Chancellor, Jammu University said that the University of Jammu, being one of the partners for hosting the Pre-Summit of G-20 Group of Countries, has taken an initiative to organise an inter-University Sports Competition for the Chancellor’s Trophy-2023 to promote brotherhood among students and scholars of the various Universities and to build trust and social harmony.
From the ensuing academic session, students can pursue two academic programmes simultaneously as per the UGC guidelines, he added.
Chancellor’s Trophy is being held under the initiative “My Youth My Pride” to promote the concept of NEP 2020 which envisages sports as part of the curriculum and lays emphasis on sports-integrated learning and as a skill for a quality life, it was informed.
Participants will compete in various sports disciplines like Basketball, Cricket, Kabaddi, Volleyball and Table Tennis.
Vice Chancellors of various Universities; HoDs, faculty members and students in large numbers were present on the occasion.