`Teaching community should strive to tap it'
Udhagamandalam: An in-service training programme for physical directors and physical education teachers got underway at the Breeks HADP open-air stadium here on Wednesday.
In his inaugural address, the Commissioner, Udhagamandalam Municipality, Seeni Ajmal Khan, said that the beneficiaries should make the optimum use of such programmes.
In turn they should use it to unearth talent among the students.
Pointing out that there was talent in abundance in the rural areas, he said that the teaching community should strive to tap it.
The District Sports Officer, Samuel Raja Daniel, said that the objective of the three-day programme was to update the knowledge of the teachers in-charge of physical education in various schools, including government, aided and private.
The rules governing various games and track and field events are being changed periodically to suit the requirements of the day.
Consequently there is a need for such short-term refresher courses. Apart from the usual disciplines, the government is now promoting boxing, fencing and taekwondo among the students.
About 60 teachers, including 30 women are undergoing the training.
Among the resource persons are Arjuna awardees Kumaresan (handball) and Sreedhar (Volleyball).
The orientation course has been divided into sessions dealing with theory and practical.
The Regional Inspector of Physical Education L. Balachandran also spoke. Some of the trainees said that such courses would help them keep pace with the developments. The athletic coach, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, S. Jayachandran, proposed a vote of thanks.