The first national sports university will come up in Imphal, the Manipur Capital. The Union Cabinet has approved the bill to this effect.
Briefing reporters on the decisions of the Cabinet, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said a bill to set up the university in Imphal (West) is already pending in Parliament.
Things will start moving fast once the President signs the ordinance, Prasad has stated. The Manipur Government has already allocated land for the proposed university.
The ordinance will be on the lines of the bill introduced in Lok Sabha in August 2017. As of now, there are some institutes which offer various courses for athletes and coaches.
“A void exists in the sports environment of the country in various areas such as sports science, sports technology, high-performance training,” the bill stated.
The proposed university is expected to bridge this gap.
The proposal to set up the National Sports University in Manipur was initially announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while ₹100 crore funds for it were allocated in the 2014-15 budget.