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PTI Last Updated at 09 Aug 2018, 18:08 IST India

Parliament today passed a bill to

establish a National Sports University in Manipur, amid

protests by Congress members who trooped into the well of

Rajya Sabha demanding a JPC probe into the Rafale fighter jet


The National Sports University Bill, which was passed by

a voice vote in the Upper House, was adopted by the Lok Sabha

on August 3.

The bill seeks to set up a specialised university in

Manipur, which would be the first of its kind, to promote

sports education in the areas of sports sciences, sports

technology, sports management and sports coaching.

Replying to the debate on the bill, Sports Minister

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said the proposed university would

offer masters and bachelor degree in various fields including

sports management and sports science.

Besides the main campus in Manipur, regional centres of

the university would also be established in other parts of the

country and abroad as well. "We want to establish a high

standard institution," Rathore said.

A sportsperson will be the university vice chancellor,

while its academic council will also comprise sports

personalities, he added.

Even as the minister was speaking, Congress members kept

on raising slogans from the Well of the House against the

Prime Minister and the BJP and demanding setting up of a joint

parliamentary committee to probe the Rafale deal.

Later, the protesting members set on the floor of the

Well continued to raise slogans.

Amidst the continued din, Rathore said the government has

enhanced monthly allowances of athletes for food and other


He said the government has also increased the salary of

the national level coaches and other staff, including sports

psychologists and masseurs.

Rathore said 750 players have been selected under the

Khelo India initiative and the government would provide them

Rs 5 lakh each for the next 8 years to support them.

The government was also considering to enhance the

National Sports Development Fund so that the sportspersons do

not face any dearth of funds.

The proposed university at Manipur would also function as

the national training centre for select sports disciplines by

adopting best international practices, he said.

In order to make the university a world-class

institution, the government has signed an agreement with two

Australian universities -- University of Canberra and Victoria

University -- for development of curriculum, research

facilities and laboratories, among others.

Nominated member M C Mary Kom supported the bill and said

the legislation would help Manipur become "super Manipur in

the field of sports."

The renowned boxer also wished the Indian contingent for

the upcoming Asian Games saying "with 10 to 15 days to go for

the games, I would like to wish Indian contigent all the very


Mary Kom also said that all the athletes participating in

different events "should be strictly instructed not to use

restricted drugs."

Earlier, AITC member MD Nadimul Haque said the university

should be empowered to generate resources on its own. He also

sought travel concessions for sportspersons.

Among others who participated in the debate were

Kahkashan Perveen (JD-U), Banda Prakash (TRS), Ritabrata

Banerjee (Ind), Vijaysai Reddy (YSRCP), Sushil Kumar Gupta

(AAP) and Harshvardhan Singh Dungarpur (BJP).

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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