When you come to know that your favorite Sportsperson is highly qualified, you feel very proud. His/her stature rises in your mind. Isn’t it?  Similarly, if highly educated youngsters like Engineers, MBAs take to sports, it would positively impact the prospects of our country getting the highest number of Medals in International Sports Competitions.

Do you know that Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, R Ashwin, K Srikkanth are all engineers and Rahul Dravid, MBA? Barring exceptions like Sachin Tendulkar, there is direct relation between Higher Education and Excellence in Sports. If we, as a country, are able to marry these 2 things together, we would enter into a whole new Era of Happy and Progressive Society. So, are we a Sporting Nation? Answer is NO. However, thanks to present Government, we can proudly say that there seems to be some serious thought to make India a Sporting Nation soon.

All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi – AICTE; a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament, has been spot on in catching up on this very idea and embarking on a very innovative program with clear motive to implement it in mission mode. AICTE in collaboration with Shree Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal, Amravati (Mah.) (HVPM) has taken an innovative step towards continuous education of Physical Education Trainers, Sports Directors and Sport-Games Teachers of professional colleges from across India. They conducted first-of-its-kind 2-weeks long residential FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM*from 19th Aug to 31st Aug’2019 at HVPM Amravati for some 40+ participants carefully selected from Engineering Colleges/B-Schools from all over India.16 of them were having PhD qualification. These participants are expected to train others in “Train the Trainer” model; target being about 15 Lakh Teachers to be made ready as ace sports-persons in various Sports.

The program was inaugurated by Union Sports Minister Shri. Kiren Rijiju and AICTE Chairman Dr. Anil Sahastrabuddhe. We (myself & my brother Ashutosh Dandige) had the good fortune of being the special invitees for delivering the first session covering following aspects during the 3 hour session –

  • Concept briefing
    • “Technology Vision 2035” Document
    • Importance of Education & Role of Sports in Education
  • Success Mantra for Project Implementation
  • Use of Technology in Sports Engineering/Management
  • Q-A

 

Session was well received and appreciated by all.

The government looks to be taking full advantage of our demographic advantage (Median age of Indians is under 30) by announcing various schemes including FIT India Program, and putting a robust governance structure around it. AICTE-HVPM have struck a right note resonating with Govt. initiatives, ahead of announcement of the Fit India program.

Remember, Sports are a pervasive part of culture and are considered to be social constructions within society.

This* effort shall equip the participants to inspire the youth from their respective colleges to indulge into Sports & physical activities leading to better physical and mental health. The participants shall develop new skills into Sports Management, Sports Technology & Analytics, Sport for All, Yoga, Traditional Sports & Games (TSG) for mass drills and demonstrations, Sports Psychology, Nutrition and Sports Training among others.

 Learning Objectives & Outcomes of the program were –

  • To orient the participants to develop physical fitness through mass participation in physical activities
  • To develop the skill of the participants to involve the masses in traditional sports/games and fun games for physical activity through recreation
  • To update the participants with modern rules, regulations and techniques
  • To empower the participants to contribute to sports management and sports technology.

Sport can help increase economic prosperity, provide employment opportunities and contribute towards raising aspirations and increasing skill levels. Therefore, such a wholesome program is a great opportunity/ avenue to channel your passion for Sports Excellence. Trust, this becomes an effective and organized National sports development program with good governance.

It is said, well begun is half done. Beginning has indeed, been great. Implementation is going to be the key to success. It would take lot of rigor from all stakeholders besides of course adequate investment in Tools & Technology by the Sponsors. Our Best wishes for Sustained Program for achieving the desired results of creating 15+ Lakh highly qualified Sportspersons in short time.

About HVPM: Established in 1914 – promotes traditional sports, games and physical culture of India. A voluntary, social, non-political and secular institute; managed with democratic principles. HVPM is a recognized NGO by UNESCO ICH NGO-Forum, a member of International Council Sports Science &Physical Edu.(ICSSPE) and The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) among other national & international organizations. Its premier Degree College of Physical Education, Amravati proudly celebrated golden jubilee in 2017-18. Also, it has been focusing on Engineering, Technology and Sports Management through its College of Engineering& Technology, Amravati and Sports MBA Dept. People who relentlessly worked behind the scene were Padmashri Prabhakar Vaidya (Bhishma Pitamah of HVPM), Very passionate Dr. A B Marathe, the Principal, HVPM CoE & T, Shri. C. Kajwadkar, Mentor (committed to giving back to society) and Ravi Sahu, Head, HVPM – Sports Management and Team HVPM.