New Delhi, Oct. 8: Sachin Tendulkar has prepared a roadmap on how to promote sport in schools and universities, throwing his weight as MP behind a neglected area in the education system.
The cricketer and national icon has written to human resource development minister Kapil Sibal that he wants to make a presentation on how sports can be promoted in educational institutions using their existing facilities and those in local communities, a source said.
The presentation may take place in about a month, the source added. “Tendulkar has written that he wants to further the cause of sports in education as a Rajya Sabha member.”
This is the first public subject Tendulkar has taken up after being nominated to the Upper House in June. After taking oath, he had said: “It has been my dream to... be remembered as someone who worked for all sports instead of just (for) cricket statistics.”
Former cricketer and BJP member of Parliament Kirti Azad said Tendulkar’s move would “give a fillip to a neglected area”.
“There is not much sport in institutions because of several reasons, including a dearth of facilities,” Azad said.
The Right To Education Act says each school needs to have a playground, but statistics with Sibal’s ministry show that only half the 13 lakh government elementary schools have playgrounds. Most schools lack the minimum sport equipment.
The 12th Plan document, approved by the Planning Commission and the cabinet, says all schools will be provided sport equipment and should leave ample scope for sport in their timetables.
In April, higher education regulator University Grants Commission framed guidelines to promote sport in colleges and universities, saying low attendance because of sporting engagements should not affect a student’s academic progress.