With the central government’s recommendation for incorporating more sports education programmes at the higher education level, Panjab University (PU) has put forward plans for expansion of its sports facilities.
On PU’s upcoming west campus in Sarangpur, which will be spread over 144 acres, 21 acres have been allotted to cater to sports facilities. Playgrounds, a cycling ring, and a sports health centre, among other things, are likely to be a part of the agenda.
Currently, the varsity has many grounds for playing basketball, volleyball, hockey, football, kho-kho, cricket and netball. The university also has eight lanes of athletic tracks, in addition to eleven tennis courts.
The university also offers bachelors and masters programmes in Physical Education. However, according to Parminder Singh, Director of the Directorate of Sports at PU, “We are planning to introduce more sports courses by integrating them with skill development. For instance, professional courses in sports medicine, sports physiotherapy and even sports journalism could be implemented in the university.” He further said that management courses in sports would also help in encouraging students to take up sports in higher education.
PU authorities will also look at recruiting more physiotherapists and trainers for the students. Currently, the university has one physiotherapist, five senior assistants and two junior technicians for the sports department. “When integrated with training in skill development, sports education can go a long way in helping students create a bright career for themselves,” he added.