While the Sport Ministry send its proposal to the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, the HRD Ministry responded to Sport Ministry citing most of the schools falls under the jurisdiction of state government and it is for the later to decide the policy decision.
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As per the latest development, the government’s effort to make sports a compulsory subject in schools was brought before Parliament’s notice. The parliament was told that students would have to secure a prescribed mark for promotion in this subject.
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What prompted the move?
It is duly notified that the effort to induct sports as one of the main subjects in schools is to promote sporting culture popular among the youngster as one pivot career rather than considering it as just another pastime.
The country has so far failed to give importance to, or popularised sports, apart from cricket and badminton, which is one primary reason for India’s handicap in flaunting world-class sportsman in various global events.
While the Sport Ministry sent its proposal to the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, the HRD Ministry responded to Sport Ministry citing most of the schools falls under the jurisdiction of state government and it is for the later to decide the policy decision.
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Several experts vouch to implement sports as main subjects
It’s already been a long time several experts are suggesting for sport at schools as a main subject and pointed out that awarding marks would increased the standard level of sports education in the country. It is reported that there are over 1,099 centrally aided schools that comes under the jurisdiction of HRD Ministry wherein sport can be implemented as a major subject.
A former India hockey captain and Rajya Sabha member, Dilip Tirkey, while speaking to HT said that implementation of sport as major subject across every school would be a landmark decision. “I believe all those who are doing well at national and international level will benefit. The sports marks will improve their overall rank as pressure of studies affects their involvement in sports now,” he said.
“Students will take sports as seriously as their studies and that will definitely help them live a healthy life,” he added.