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Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM; last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM (IST)

MP Preneet hails proposed sports university in city

Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 9

Patiala MP Preneet Kaur today said the proposed sports university in Patiala would give a major boost to sports in the state. She said, “It will give a fillip to infrastructure development in Patiala,” after Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh recently gave clearance for the operationalisation of the new Sports University from September 1 this year.

While the new campus of the university will come up adjacent to Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), it will be operational from Mohindra Kothi for the time being which is already under renovation. A sum of Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned for the purpose.

Preneet Kaur said the state government was committed to the promotion of sports and had initiated several steps for the same in the past two years. Officials said a draft memorandum regarding setting-up of the university will be presented in the next cabinet meeting. The Chief Minister had recently directed Patiala Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit to initiate the process of acquisition of 97 acres of land adjacent to RGNUL in Sidhuwal village for the construction of the university building.

While 97 per cent of the land is being provided free of cost by the village panchayat, the remaining land will be acquired from the area.

Officials said the course curriculum at the campus would focus on the development of knowledge, skills and competence at various levels in fields of physical education and sports sciences while providing the best coaching facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructure to athletes.

Preneet Kaur said, “The Sports University will inspire the youth to follow a strong sense of fitness and make them better citizens besides giving them the necessary direction towards a better future,” and added that sports are an ideal way to keep youth away from drugs and other wrongdoing.

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