After winning the coveted Maulana Azad Trophy for excellence in sports last year,Punjabi University,Patiala,will soon have a boast in sports infrastructure with construction of two synthetic and clay tennis courts each,apart from other sports infrastructure building.
In order to provide a big leap to the sports infrastructure at Punjabi University,Patiala, Varsity Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh said adequate funds for the same have been earmarked for the same and the setting up tennis courts in the Varsity. At present,the Varsity does not have any infrastructure with regard to tennis. The decision to set up the tennis courts had been taken sometime ago,to help promote talent in the international sport. Besides,the Varsity is also aiming at setting up an indoor shooting range,keeping in view the keen interest among the budding shooters of the region.
The VC said that the proposal in this regard would soon be made and funds have been sought from the state as well as Central government for establishing the same.
A proposal to set up a cricket stadium within the University complex was also pending for quite sometime with the Punjab government and efforts would be made to push through the proposal at an early date.
The emphasis on improving sports infrastructure within the Varsity complex has come about in view of the University winning the prestigious Maulana Azad Trophy for excellence in sports.
This is for the first time in the 46-year history of the Varsity that it had won the Trophy and the Vc said,”After winning the same,it had become a responsibility of the University authorities to lay more emphasis on sports now.”
Earlier during the day,the VC inaugurated a two-day national seminar on “Challenges and Opportunities in Physical Education”. Sports,he said,not only help keep human beings healthy but also have the potential to keep them off the violent and aggressive tendencies prevailing in the contemporary society. A former Director of Physical Education of the University,Dr M.S. Dhillon,was given the “life time achievement award” by the Vice-Chancellor for his significant contribution for development of sports in Punjabi University.