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Upgrading of Haryana's sports school at Rai into university gets debated on the sidelines of ERA meet and on Facebook
The Motilal Lal Nehru School of Sports (MNSS) at Rai in Haryana which started off in early 1970s as one of most resourced school in the country and a premier institution of Haryana did very well for the first ten years.

However, as standards went down due to the erosion of the autonomous status of the school and irresponsible management and faculty, the school started loosing its credibility as a well-meaning school; it was felt by the alumni of MNSS called ERA at their recent foundation day held on November 27.

A dominant view was that Haryana needs this school for future generations since no institution has produced all round personalities who did extremely in school level sports tournaments and performed well at the NDA by outshining schools that prepare students exclusively for defence forces. The school did very well as long as its autonomy was respected and safeguarded. It produced students who were accepted by premier higher education institutions.

According to an ex-student, by now ERA should also have evolved itself in a manner that it would have become a body to reckon with. Had it been a strong body and asserted itself, Haryana government wouldn't have been contemplating to convert the school into a sports university.

Another old student was of the view that the school has not evolved itself and become exceedingly irrelevant. Consequently, it has got relegated to rot off with vision-less management, mediocre faculty, weak leadership and routinized curricular transaction.

A suggestion that was thrown up was that the school needed to stay on by establishing its relevance with an unprecedented rise in school standards along with socio-poltico-legal movement to ensure university is not implemented which require dedicated struggle for a worthy cause. For this, ERA must leave everything and take it on the cause full time. The refrain was: get together, strengthen up or perish; it's now or never situation.

Another option that gained currency was that let the university come and ERA merges our identity with the university as its bonefide alumni to remain associated with the institution that once housed their Alma mater.

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