The departments have also abolished sports quota posts, which has reduced the interest of students in sports
Addressing the inaugural session of 55th Meeting of the Standing Sub-Committee of Pakistan University Sports Board (PUSB) and National Workshop on Sports and Health, Secretary urges Sindh govt. to include sports related curriculum should be included, based on 40% theory and 60% practical.
Tando Jam: Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah, Secretary of Provincial Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, said on Monday that neither sports policy has been formulated nor laws have been made for Sindh Sports Board after devolution of the department under the 18th Constitutional Amendment.
Addressing the inaugural session of 55th Meeting of the Standing Sub-Committee of Pakistan University Sports Board (PUSB) and National Workshop on Sports and Health, which started at Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam, in collaboration with Higher Education Commission Islamabad, he said, “We are yet working on it.”
Imtiaz Ali Shah said that the government of Sindh should encourage sports, from school to university level. “In this regard, sports related curriculum should be included, based on 40% theory and 60% practical”, he suggested.
“The departments have also abolished sports quota posts, which has reduced the interest of students in sports,” he told.
He disclosed that certain mafias in sports associations have not held elections for many years.
The inaugural event was held at the main Auditorium Hall of the University, and presided over by Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam.
Vice Chancellors from 16 public and private universities of the country and Directors of Sports of more than 90 universities of the four provinces and Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan also participated in the inaugural function.
Addressing the event Dr. Fateh Marri said that Sindh Agriculture University is fully aware of all issues related to agriculture, food security, climate change and agricultural research, but for the first time, a national level event has been organized at Sindh Agriculture University for promotion of sports in the universities.
He said during this national workshop new projects will be developed after joint discussions on policies and plans to provide the best sports opportunities.
Addressing through video link Dr. Shaista Sohail, Executive Director, HEC, said that HEC is committed to expanding healthy activities in universities and new sports projects are expected in the universities from this national workshop and 55th meeting of Pakistan University Sports Boards.
She said that HEC is working for the development of sports at the university and school level.
Engr. Javed Ahmed Memon, in-charge Director General for Sports and Kamyab Jawan Sports and Curriculum Division of HEC, said that the Higher Education Commission has sufficient budget for sports and healthy activities and sports directorates in universities can be further improved.
He said Judo Academy at SAU. International football academy at Karachi University, Boxing Academy at Lyari University and High Performance Center at NED University will be established soon.
Dr. Khalid Mohammad Iraqi, Vice Chancellor University of Karachi said that there is an urgent need to encourage sports. “We have started giving scholarships to the sportsman students and sponsorship is also being given to support them”.
Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor Mehran Engineering University said that in order to achieve the desired results, we have to adopt institutions, so universities have to say “My University” instead of “Our University”.
Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro, Vice Chancellor University of Sindh Jamshoro said that the university has been suffering from financial crisis for the last two years therefore sports activities have been suspended. “A special grant should be given to Sindh University,” he urged.
Dr. Samreen Hussain, Vice Chancellor Begum Nusrat Bhutto University Sukkur said that sports opportunities should be created for women and girls.
Dr. Bekha Ram, Vice Chancellor, Liaquat University of Medical Sciences said that according to research by the Psychiatric Society of America, physical exercise and sports increase the mental capacity of students by 20%. “Suicide is on the rise due to mental stress,” he told.
Prof. Dr. Anila Atta-ur-Rehman, Vice Chanellor Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana said that due to lack of budget, they are facing difficulties in paying salaries, therefore the Higher Education Commission and Sindh Government should release special grants for universities.
Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibuputo, Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur Mirs, Dr. Tayyaba Zarrif, Vice Chancellor, Government College University, Hyderabad, Dr. Parveen Munshi, Vice Chancellor, University of Sufism and Modern Sciences, Bhitshah, Dr. Bhai Khan Shar, Vice Chancellor, Shaheed Allah Bakhsh Soomro University of Art, Design and Heritage, Dr. Saleem Samo, Vice Chancellor Quaid-e-Awam Engineering University Nawabshah, Dr. Akhter Baloch, Vice Chancellor Lyari General University Karachi, Dr. Amanat Jalbani Vice Chancellor Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Shaheed Benazirabad, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Director Sports Anwar Hussain Khanzada, Dr. Tehseen Fatima and others also addressed. Cultural gifts were given to the guests. (PR)