The Commonwealth Games organising committees volunteer programme has received queries from two British universities which want to send students as volunteers.
While Leeds University plans to send 100 students,Shepherd University has not specified any number yet,Newsline has learnt. The dialogue with both universities is at an initial stage,a senior official from the organising committee said.
The Games committee will require about 30,000 volunteers for the mega event taking place from October 3 to 14 next year. While the youths will work for free,we will have to at least give accommodation in case we get international volunteers, the official said. These administrative decisions are yet to be taken,so we have not replied to them (British universities) yet.
The only concession the volunteers will get is free travel on DTC buses and Delhi Metro trains. They will get free travel by showing their volunteer identity card, the official said.
The Games organising committee is hunting for a firm to train the volunteers. According to a senior official,the tender has been finalised and will be floated soon. The volunteers have to be trained in different aspects first-aid,disaster management and so forth.
The organising committee also plans to give away awards to encourage volunteers,and a mega event will be held only for the volunteers once the Games get over,the official said.
Manjushree Roy,director of the volunteer programme,said the organising committee will formally launch the volunteer programme on December 5,marked as the International Volunteer Day. We will launch a volunteer portal where anyone,including senior citizens,can register, Roy said.
Although the organising committee has not put a bar on age,Roy said only those above 18 will be accepted as volunteers; and around 5,000 volunteers will be selected through this. The Games committee is getting the rest of the 25,000 volunteers from six agencies,including the Delhi government,Tourism ministry,NCC,Sports ministry and the National Sports Federation.
How many & where
City volunteer team: 9,000
City operation: 5,000
Spectator service: 3,000
Gate management: 1,000
Games Village operation: 900
Medical doping and control: 850
Sheila meets PM on Games projects
Amid growing speculation about the Commonwealth Games projects being delayed,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday and briefed him about the progress of the infrastructure projects. Sources said Tuesdays meeting could become a regular feature,making the PMO a sort of a nodal agency to review preparations for next years mega-event. Dikshit,sources said,assured Singh that all efforts were being taken to make the sporting extravaganza a great success and that all projects will be completed well ahead of the event.
The PM will act as the coordinating agency for the multiple agencies working towards making the Games a success,sources said.