Guwahati, June 20: The All Assam Chess Association has moved Dispur to make chess a part of the academic curricula in the schools of the state.
“We had submitted a proposal to education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently in this regard. Six states have made the game compulsory in educational institutes. Maharashtra is in the process of doing the same. So, we are awaiting a response from the government,” the association’s president, Rajeev Kumar Bora, said.
Schools such as Assam Jatiya Bidyalay, Noonmati, Sarala Birla Gyan Jyoti, Amingaon, South Point School, Barsapara, and St Stephen’s School, Christian Basti, have promoted the game from the primary level.
“Four schools in Guwahati have made chess a part of their curricula. We also have Srimanta Shankar Academy, Dispur, which will host an inter-district tournament and a Kamrup (metro) selection championship next month, now supporting our cause. The school is providing us with the infrastructure . We almost had to abort the idea of holding them at Tarun Ram Phookan indoor stadium because of inadequate sanitation facilities,” Bora added.