School syllabus to be reduced to accommodate sports

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said his ministry is ensuring syllabus in schools is reduced by almost half and that games periods are mandatory.

The sports ministry is planning to reduce school syllabus by 50 per cent by 2019 and "there will be a sports period on a regular basis", said Rajyavardhan Rathore. (Representational image)   -  K Bhagya Prakash

In a bid to promote sports in the country, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore today said that a games period will be made mandatory in schools after reducing the syllabus by 50 per cent by next year.

“We have come to a stage where sports is not a part of education, it is education. The ministry of education is ensuring that the syllabus in schools by 2019 is reduced by 50 per cent and there will be a sports period on a regular basis,” Rathore said.

Rathore said the ministry is planning several things to make sports more relevant. “We are also ensuring that the SAI (now SI) reduces its man power by 50 per cent by 2022 so that they can cater to sports, it has a lean body and money is spent on sports.

“This year we will have 20 specialised sports schools and the government of India will pump about Rs 7-10 crore for each. The idea is to have a very pointed approach so each school will have only two or three main sports. They will be very focussed,” he said.

Webb Ellis Cup unveiled

Rathore also welcomed the Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy tour in India by unveiling the Webb Ellis Cup in the presence of World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, Asia Rugby President, Aga Hussain, actor Rahul Bose and Rugby India President Numazar Mehta.

The two-year Trophy Tour, which aims to engage and excite new and existing rugby fans ahead of Rugby World Cup, will travel to Mumbai and Bhubaneshwar next. It will be the first time that the tournament will be played in Asia when Japan hosts the Rugby World Cup 2019.