Staff Reporter

Need to improve sports infrastructure in educational institutions highlighted

A meeting of physical directors of JNTU-affiliated colleges held

Vice-Chancellor moots two-year programme in physical education

Kakinada: The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)’s rule that sports training should be imparted to youth as a recreational activity is followed by a few colleges. Most of the institutions still accord the least priority to sports and games which are essential for good health and fitness.

If the situation were to improve, the importance of physical education has to be realised by managements of the educational institutions. They have to create sports infrastructure and give enough time for the youth to become physically and mentally strong by undergoing training under the expert guidance of physical directors.

Also, the needs of physical directors have to be fulfilled so that they can give their best, said P. Chinnappa Reddy, president of the National Association of Physical Education and Sports Sciences and former sports advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing a meeting of the physical directors of the affiliated colleges of JNTU, Kakinada, here on Tuesday, Mr. Chinnappa Reddy regretted that excessive emphasis was laid on classroom learning of the mainstream subjects and the students have little time to develop their inherent talents in sports and related activities.

Those interested in undergoing physical training have inadequate facilities and lack of qualified trainers makes their task even more daunting. Ultimately, many students give up their ambitions to make their mark in sports.

On the flip side, physical directors were underpaid and their efforts to promote sports and games in the colleges rarely fructify largely due to managements, who show paucity of funds and other mundane things as excuses.

He expected things to move on a positive note so that the youths could win accolades in sports on the national and global stages.

Incentives

JNTU Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao said he was prepared to give incentives and attendance to students, who excel in Inter-University competitions and at the national level sporting events. He has also a plan to introduce a one-year diploma or two-year P.G programme in physical education to promote the sports training profession.

Efforts were being made to organise various sports tournaments and also cultural activities to extract the talents among youth.

Registrar V. Ravindra, JNTU Engineering College principal E.V Prasad, Vice-Principal B. Prabhakar Rao, sports coordinators d Koteswara Rao and Syam were among those present.