The Punjab Cabinet on Thursday approved the ‘Punjab Sports University Ordinance 2019’, paving the way for the establishment of the university in Patiala.
A Cabinet Memorandum to this effect was presented by the Sports and Youth Services department for the consideration of Cabinet, which met here under the chairmanship of Captain Amarinder Singh.
With the sole aim of making Punjab a sporting power, the proposed institution would focus on education, training and research in areas related to sports based on high standard infrastructure, besides offering professional and academic leadership to other institutions in the field of physical education and sports sciences.
According to an official spokesperson, the state-of-the-art university would also serve as a Centre of excellence for the elite and other talented sportspersons of all sports and innovations to carry out, endorse and propagate research. It would also generate capabilities for the development of knowledge skills and competencies at various levels in the field of sports technology and high-performance training for all sports and games.
Notably, the Chief Minister had announced the decision to set up this university in the Vidhan Sabha in his speech on June 19, 2017. Subsequently, a steering committee had been set up under the chairmanship of Olympian and Member International Olympic Committee Randhir Singh to finalise the modalities to establish this sports educational institute of international eminence.