India will have its first Sports University in Manipur

RSTV Bureau
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses the press after a cabinet meeting, in New Delhi (Image: PTI)

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses the press after a cabinet meeting, in New Delhi (Image: PTI)

The Union Cabinet approved an ordinance to set up the India’s first national sports university in Manipur on May 23, 2018.

Briefing reporters on the decisions of the Cabinet, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a bill to set up the university in Imphal (west) is already pending in Parliament.

Things will start moving fast once the President signs the ordinance, he said. He also added that the Manipur government has already allocated land for the proposed university.

The ordinance will be on the lines of the bill introduced in Lok Sabha in August, 2017.

As of now, there are some institutes which compromise various courses for coaches and athletes.

“A void exists in the sports environment of the country in various areas such as sports technology, sports science, high performance training,” the bill stated.

The proposed university is expected to bridge this gap.

Initially the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this proposal to set up the national sports university in Manipur, while Rs 100 crore funds for it were allocated in the 2014-15 budgets.

(With inputs from PTI)