The Higher Education Department on Friday issued a direction to establish adequate sports infrastructure facility in colleges. A total amount of Rs. 6,30,000 has been granted for that cause to seven government colleges in Gurugram district.

The circular issued on Friday mentions that the allocated funds could be used to create sports infrastructure such as playgrounds, buy equipment, and arrange facilities that are women- and disabled-friendly. Government college administrators, however said that while recurring costs could be covered with yearly funds, additional funds might be needed for bigger projects.

Pooja Khullar , the principal of Dronacharya Government College said that the funds covered multiple activities under its ambit, and while the college would use the fund to its best of its  ability, additional funds might be needed. The college has been sanctioned Rs. 1,80,000. She added more, “We have started the MA physical education course from this year and need to create a sports laboratory for the same. We will have to assess if the requirement of sports equipment and facilities will be covered under the budget that has been allocated. Many things need to be taken care of.”

She said, “We have an annual athletic meet. Students have to be trained for athletic meets and given equipment. All these costs cannot always be covered under the annual budget while we try to do so. We have to use out amalgamated funds are used as per the need.”

Satyamanyu Yadav, principal of Government College, sector 9 said that many areas where funds can be allocated are defined under the scheme, but colleges need to assess how it can utilize the funds. He commented, “There are some new colleges. This grant can be used to increase the infrastructure facilities in these colleges, but for other colleges, it may not be enough.”

Source: Hindustan Times

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