MSYA earmarks INR 38 cr for sports medicine centres

The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has earmarked a fund of INR 37.5 crores to set up five sports science centres and sports medicine departments at various sports and health institutions. The Ministry has identified five institutions to extend help for setting up sports science centres and sports medicine departments.

A fund of INR 25 crore is earmarked to facilitate the setting up of sports science centres at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education in Gwalior and National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad.

Another INR 12.50 crores will be provided to set up sports medicine departments at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and King George’s Medical University in Lucknow, PTI has reported.

The Ministry will provided the allocated fund to the shortlisted institutions over a period of five years. Thereafter, the universities will have to create a model to sustain these facilities at their own.

” We (the Ministry) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with these universities and medical colleges since there is a need for such education and facilities,” said sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar.

New courses like sports biochemistry will be added to the university programmes. “A few of these institutions did not have these courses before like Sports Physiotherapy and Sports Biochemistry but these will be taught and we will help in funding the faculty,” Bhatnagar said.