GUWAHATI: Northeast to get its first sports school next January as the Assam Rifles Public School (ARPS) at Laitkor in Meghalaya would be converted into a sports school.
The school, slated to be inaugurated on January 4, 2021, will be known as ARPS (Sports), Laitkor with 50 boys and 50 girls’ students selected by Sports Authority of India (SAI). They will be coached and trained by the personnel of SAI.
It will have facilities for training in three streams of athletics, archery and fencing.
“The Assam Rifles and SAI are signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for initially inducting 100 students with proven/potential talent in athletics, archery and fencing. All expenditure on academics and training of the students will be sponsored by SAI under the ‘Khelo India’ scheme of the Government of India,” Assam Rifles spokesperson said.
Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force in the world, has its headquarters in Shillong and runs 42 ARPSs across the region. These schools provide education to children of its soldiers and also the local population.
Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijiju was slated to inaugurate the school.