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In a conference of State Sports Ministers, a resolution was passed to make sports compulsory in the school curriculum, both at central and state levels

The idea of compulsory introduction of games and sports as part of the school curriculum was passed unanimously as a resolution in the conference of State Sports Ministers at the Vigyan Bhawan here on Friday.

“Games and sports should be introduced compulsorily as part of the curriculum of education in schools at all levels both in the Centre and the States.

“Further one period each day should be allocated for games and sports in all schools. Students' participation should be graded and evaluated at par with other subjects and adequate weightage should be given to participation in games and sports. This will encourage sports culture and broad-base games and sports,” read the resolution.

Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken sought support from all States and Union Territories for broad-basing sports through the ‘come and play' scheme.

A presentation was made about the successful implementation of the ‘come and play' scheme in the Capital that benefited more than 10,000 children during the first batch at the five venues renovated for the Commonwealth Games.

A similar scheme, with nominal fee, had been implemented at all centres of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) around the country last month. Ajay Maken assured all the States that the Union government would provide all possible support in terms of coaches, etc.

The platform was offered for the ‘NDTV Nirmal Life initiative', that has made a campaign for ‘Fit India', emphasising the ‘right to play' of every child in the country.

Marks for sports

The Sports Editor ofNDTV, Sonali Chander, and the Chairman of Nirmal Life, Dharmesh Jain, pleaded with the representatives of all the States to make room for ‘marks for sports' in the school curriculum.

Sonali said the campaign was not just for ‘marks for sports', but basically a ‘mindset for sports'.

It was stressed that physical fitness for a student was as important as any other subject that was taught in schools.

Ajay Maken hoped the State sports ministers would take up the subject with their education ministries to bring about a healthy change in the curriculum.

Stressing the importance of physical fitness of children, the Union Sports Minister quoted the example of Kerala that had 14 per cent children with good physical fitness, as compared to the national average of 3.6 per cent, for the State's competence in sports.


Wednesday , 30   November , 2011