Sports The Krishna University has just completed four years of existence and it has already taken a big stride in the world of sports

Established in 2008 along with 13 other universities in the country, the Krishna University, located at Machilipatnam, formed a sports board in 2012 and with the help of 140-odd affiliated colleges in the distirct, it went on to make a mark in the all-India university competitions by bagging six medals in the inaugural year.

Archers and gymnasts made podium finish much to the delight of the administrators. “This year we are optimistic about our medal hunt with gymnast K.V. Suresh winning a gold medal at the all-India competitions. We are expecting more medals from archers, weightlifters and boxers,” says Nalluri Srinivasa Rao, secretary of the Sports Board.

The University Vice chancellor V. Venkaiah and Registrar Surya Chandra Rao did a good thing by enhancing the budget for the second year from Rs. 12 to lakhs to Rs. 15 lakhs thus helping potential medal-winning teams to undergo intensive training at the camps. “The extra money has been allotted for extensive training,” he points out.

“We take utmost care in team selection for varsity meets. We have selection committees with experts in the panel and only merit gets priority,” Rao maintains.

The university sports administrators did a splendid job this year by conducting inter-collegiate fixtures in 36 events, except tennis and boxing. “We selected teams for boxing and tennis straightway as the number of teams was less. For inter-collegiate events, we selected city colleges along with rural areas like Jaggaiahpet, Nandigama and Avanigadda,” he points out.

The interest generated among students to participate in games and sports along with academics is another positive aspect. “We are also toying with the idea of introducing incentive in the form of additional marks to medal-winners in the university-level competitions, on the lines of Acharya Nagarjuna University. We have already introduced cash awards,” informs Rao.

The university had sent as many as 36 teams for both South Zone and all India competitions this year. “Games like volleyball (men), kabaddi (women) and weightlifting have made tremendous improvement, quality-wise,” he claims.

However, the icing on the cake for the university was staging of the South Zone inter-university tennis tournament at Andhra Loyola College in which the best of teams from the south took part. With the university contemplating introduction of a two-year Masters degree in physical education, the sports and games department is bound to get a fillip.

Krishna University, functioning under Monitory Development Committee, will take its actual shape when the university buildings and other facilities are created on the 100-odd acres of land earmarked at Rudravaram near Machilipatam.

Sources indicate that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy is likely to lay the foundation stone this month. “Right now the university is functioning from National College, Machilipatnam. Once the university at Rudravaram is ready, we can spruce up the physical education department in a foolproof manner with a state-of-art infrastructure”, he says.