‘Sports to be Inducted in New Education System Soon,’ Says Union Minister Kiren Rijiju

‘Sports to be Inducted in New Education System Soon,’ Says Union Minister Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi, October 31: To make sports a part of curriculum, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said sports will be inducted in the new education system and the CBSE in this regard is preparing a system to ensure sports becomes a substantial part of education to determine the achievement of a student.

‘Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has already announced setting up a Board for Sports Education. Now, under the new education policy, sports will become a part of education and the CBSE is preparing a system to ensure sports become a substantial part of education,’ Rijiju said.

While inaugurating the Dr NPV Ramaswamy Udayar Hockey Centre at Sri Ramachandra Medical College and University in Chennai, Rijiju said the decision in this regard has been taken as has always been treated as an extra-curricular activity.

No more an extra-curricular activity

“Earlier, sports was treated as extra-curricular activities. Sports was not part of the education system and it was treated as an extra,” he added.

The minister said when the new education policy will be implemented; sports will be treated as an option but not as an extra-curricular activity.

Central part of education system

“Sports is the central part of the education system now. There is a major shift we are taking forward. Prime Minister is very clear in that,” he said.

He further stated his ministry is in touch with the Ministry of Human Resources Development on ways how to implement it as soon as possible.

“I have already attended the cabinet meeting and I have already spoken there. Now, it is under preparation (to include sports in educations system). The policy has been accepted. How to implement, when to start – this will depend on the preparation. Modi government is treating sports as the greatest priority ever and that is how India will become a sporting powerhouse in future,” he said.

Sports University in Delhi

The minister’s statement comes at a time when the Delhi government is planning to set up a sports university in the national capital.

Earlier this month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that his government will set up a ‘Sports University’ in the national capital. “Earlier the sportspersons used to feel insecure about their future but under this university, they will be able to devote all of their time to sports. They will get graduate degrees in different sports like cricket, hockey, football and so on,” Kejriwal was quoted as saying by a news agency.

Kejriwal said that university would also cater to those sportspersons who struggle all their life for employment after they fail to get the desired success in their field.

“Through their degree, they will be able to apply for any government job which has graduation as the eligibility criteria. They will be able to give exams like civil services,” he added.