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Magic Bus rolls into state

- Jharkhand to tie up with NGO to curb dropout rate

The state government is planning a tie-up with NGO Magic Bus to promote sports at the grassroots level and curb dropout rates in government schools of Jharkhand.

Sports department sources said a formal MoU is expected to be signed between the two parties in a couple of days. Special modules devised by the NGO would be introduced in every government school, which would be implemented under the supervision of the agency to promote education through sports.

Titled Maidan Summit 2012, the NGO that specialises in education through sports kicked off its two-day international meet in Ranchi on Monday in association with the state government.

This is the third annual sport for development meet of the NGO and the first in Jharkhand.

Officials maintained that the reason Jharkhand was chosen as a venue was because not much development had taken place in terms of sports in the state.

“There is immense scope for growth in terms of sports and when it is linked with education, the potential for positive development increases exponentially,” said an NGO representative, adding that the two day meet will discuss how sports can be used for community development.

Addressing the meet, sports minister Sudesh Mahto maintained that such initiatives were the need of the hour to boost talent in the hinterlands.

“Sports doesn’t mean just physical fitness, but also enhances personality and leadership qualities,” he said.

He added that kishor and kishori clubs would soon be introduced in government schools.