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NIS Patiala receives Rs. 215 crores to reduce dependency on foreign coaches
The Finance Minister of India P. Chidambaram has earmarked Rs 1219 crores to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the 2013-14 budget. Out of this total allocation, the minister also announced that Rs 250 crore would be spent on setting up a National Institute of Sports (NIS) Coaching at Patiala, which is also known as the Mecca of Indian sports as well. NIS officials are happy with the decision taken by the minister.

Dr. L.S Ranawat, the Executive Director of NIS, Patiala said that they would use this allocated money “for the academic program only.” He further added, “The money is going to be used in the infrastructure and also strengthening the teaching faculty at NIS and also build hostel and a administrative block. We are also planning to have a new three years integrated course as well.

One has heard about the lack of facility in the NIS. If there are no capable faculty members in such places, then all this money is going to be wasted, and we will once again only have ordinary coaches. “The faculty did become weak after some senior people retired, but now the process of recruitment has started,” said the Executive Director. Although, the NIS may rope in new faculty, but will they be capable of handling the demands of today's generation, where sports has taken a leap with various technical advancements?

“We are also going to hire the services of foreign experts in order to train our faculty as well. Some of our faculty members may also be sent abroad to receive training.” This is definitely a welcome move and it should auger well for those who dream of becoming a coach of the national team in various sports. One look at the coaches in various sports helps us understand that Indian coaches lack quality, hence the various Indian sports federations look to other countries.

Dr. Ranawat also stated, “This National Institute of Sports (NIS) Coaching has been brought to produce quality coaches to reduce the dependency on the foreign coaches.” But, one needs to have patience with it, as it will take some time for these plans to materialise into results. The NIS will also try in to recruit students from foreign countries, though primarily it is going to be mostly Indians to be trained at NIS.

These students will be taught in both the theoretical as well as the practical level. During the day time, they will have theoretical classes, and in the morning and evening, they are going to have practical classes.” Practical classes are considered to be a very important in such curriculum, where they would be taught about the skills as to how to train the players. The skills would be taught depending upon the various sports.

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