Parliament says “Yes” to National Sports University in Manipur

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Delhi, August 10: The bill to establish a National Sports University at Manipur was passed in the Parliament on Thursday amid protests by Congress members who trooped into the Rajya Sabha’s well demanding a JPC probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal.

The Lok Sabha had, on August 3, adopted the Bill.

The bill which was passed by a voice vote in the Upper House, seeks to set up a specialised university in Manipur, the first of its kind to promote sports education in the areas of sports sciences, sports technology, sports management and sports coaching.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore replying to the debate on the bill, said the proposed university would offer masters and bachelor degree in various fields including sports management and sports science. He also said that apart from the main campus in Manipur, regional centres of the university would also be established in other parts of the country and abroad.

Nominated MP, Boxer MC Mary Kom, too, spoke in support of the bill and said the legislation would help Manipur excel in the field of sports.