The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that primary responsibility for promotion and development of sports including in schools and colleges is that of States, as ‘Sports’ is State subject. However, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Sports Authority of India supplement the efforts of the States.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, School Games Federation of India (SGFI) and Association of Indian Universities (AIU) have been recognized by the Government of India as National Sports Promotion Organizations (NSPOs) and are eligible for the same level of assistance as are available for National Sports Federations (NSFs). SGFI and AIU are involved in promotion and development of sports and games in schools and colleges/universities respectively. Assistance under the scheme of Assistance to NSFs, interalia, includes financial assistance given towards conduct of championships at various levels, organizing of coaching camps, procurement of sports equipment, participation in international competitions abroad.
He said, conduct of National Championships in the Senior Category (both for men and women), in Junior and Sub-Junior Categories (both for boys and girls) is part of annual calendar of training and competitions of the NSFs. Participants in Junior and Sub-Junior Championships are basically from schools. Details of grants released to NSFs including SGFI and AIU during 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15.
Shri Sonowal said, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, has been enacted, making elementary education a Fundamental Right, which, inter alia, provides for
- A play ground for each school;
- A part time instructor for physical education in upper primary school;
- Supply of play material, games and sports equipment, as required, to schools.
In terms of the provisions of the RTE Act, no school shall be established or recognized unless it fulfills the norms specified in the Schedule attached to the Act. Further, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for all schools affiliated to it to provide one compulsory period for sports upto 10th class and two periods in a week for classes 11 and 12, the Minister added.