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Achieve sufficiency, efficiency and equity in sports by treating sports as HRD activity: VC Prof MM Goel
"For bringing sufficiency, efficiency and equity in sports, we need to treat sports as HRD activity with logic and rationale to be part of HRD ministry not only at the Centre but 29 States (none with HRD ministry) and 7 UTs as still it falls in the Sate List. Let every student go to the playground in the morning and evening for keeping fit and mentally healthy with discipline. This calls for financing sports through the CSR corpus fund by Association of Indian Universities?" said Professor MM Goel, Vice-Chancellor, Jagan Nath University while addressing the West Zone Vice-Chancellor's Conference at Padama Shree Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth Navi Mumbai on the topic 'Sports in India: Opportunities and Challenges'.

The existing infrastructure for sports in private universities can better be utilised with cooperation and support of the Government and Sports Authority of India by providing coaches for the entire domain of games, believes the VC.

Sports are necessary and sufficient to deal with the ups and downs in the economy including share market of the bulls and bears in the spirits of a sports person. Learning tolerance, harmony, fair play with discipline for leadership qualities are the opportunities to make it part of curriculum.

The challenges include unhealthy competition with match fixing, semester system of examinations with lesser time and all the challenges of inclusiveness with careless and useless manpower to be made careful and useful .  We need to foster sports culture in the Indian universities including private sector with freedom and right to play as participant if not to compete in the rat race, believes Prof. Goel.

To promote sports, the schemes, programmes and efforts of the Government of India are necessary but not sufficient. To make it sufficient, there is a strong case for reducing if not avoiding over importance to cricket which has done more harm than good to the entire sports and games due to the money involved in it, believes Prof Goel.

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