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  • Chairs 54th Meeting of J&K Sports Council
  • DCs to be involved in organizing tournaments  

SRINAGAR: Describing sports as an effective but underutilized tool, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today emphasized upon broadening the scope of sports activities to achieve excellence and enhance ability of our youth in competing at all major events, in particular National Games. He also issued directions to J&K Sports Council for carrying out speedy repairs of playgrounds and sports infrastructure which had been badly damaged in last year’s floods so that gaming activities could be started in earnest.

The Chief Minister passed these directions while chairing the 54th meeting of the J&K Sports Council, here today. This is the first meeting of the Council in more than two-and-a-half years with the last meeting convened on February 19, 2013.  Minister for IT, Youth Services & Sports & Technical Education, Imran Raza Ansari, MLA, Bandipora, Usman Majeed, Principal Secretary, Planning & Development, B. R. Sharma, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner / Secretary, Finance, Naveen Kumar Chaudhary, Secretary, Technical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Hirdesh Kumar, besides nominated Members of  J&K Sports Council attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister, who is also the President of the Council, stressed upon the concerned authorities for active involvement of Deputy Commissioners in organizing sporting events in their respective districts. He also highlighted the need to engage trained coaches who can work with talented youngsters to hone their skills and prepare them better at the cutting edge level of sports.

Placing high priority on extra-curricular activities in our educational institutions, Mufti Sayeed also desired that all outstanding sports-persons, who have been appointed in various Government departments, should be identified so that their experience in the field of sports can be utilized in coaching of youngsters.  

Asking the Sports Council to make a fresh beginning and focus on upkeep of existing infrastructure, the Chief Minister said a full-time Secretary of the Sports Council will posted soon. He issued directions to Secretary, Youth Services & Sports, for preparing an itinerary of tournaments to be held at school, college and district levels so that talent of our youth in various disciplines is brought into limelight. “The Government will recognize the flair of our youngsters for sports and honour all those who distinguish themselves during these tourneys,” he stated.

Expressing concern over lack of sports-related activities in our educational institutions, Mufti Sayeed placed high priority on creating aptitude for games, which is a prerequisite for overall personality development. Inviting suggestions from nominated members who have excelled in various disciplines, the Chief Minister asked the Sports Council to strive towards becoming a self-sustained body that is able to generate its own resources. He also directed the Council to conceive a plan for establishing a Sports Academy that will work towards motivating young athletes to achieve excellence in the field of sports by offering them state-of-the-art facilities.

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SRINAGAR: Member Legislative Council, Mr. Mohammad Khursheed Alam today flagged off Cross Country event which was organized by the Government Girls Higher Secondary School Nowhatta Srinagar. The race was started from Duck Park to Nishat Garden in which a good number of students participated. Interacting with the participants, MLC said that organizing of such events give platform to the students to show their hidden talent. He said talent is present among the students of the state but need is to channelize it in a proper way so that they can compete at national and state level championships. He thanked the Principal of the school and organizers for conducting such events and asked them to manage similar events in other education institutions. Director School Education Kashmir who was the guest of honour on the occasion said that organizing of such events provides ample opportunity to the students to show their talent. Later, Mr. Aalam distributed prizes among the meritorious participants. Ms Yasmeen of Class 10th stood 1st position while as Ms Yasmeen and Ms Bisma of Class 11th stood 2nd and 3rd positions.

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  • Bharat Scouts & Guides holds Oath Ceremony
  • JK’s youth have enormous potential: Priya Sethi

SRINAGAR: Minister for Education, Mr Naeem Akhtar today called for rejuvenating the scouting movement in Jammu and Kashmir to realize the full potential of the State’s youth in achieving their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential.

Addressing the oath ceremony of the honorary office bearers of J&K chapter of Bharat Scouts and Guides at SP Higher Secondary School here today, the Minister that the mission of scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value-based system so that they can play a constructive role in the society.

Akhtar, who is also the president of J&K chapter of Bharat Scouts and Guides, said informal education is as important as formal education in building healthy society by institutionalizing the tremendous capacity of young Scouts and Guides. He said the movement plays commendable role to harness and translate energy of scouts and guides into action for socially accepted objectives.

The Minister impressed upon the volunteers of the organization to put in their best to keep the torch of this movement afloat so that its message reaches every corner of the State.

Referring to the latest initiatives taken for improving education system in the State, the Minister besides introducing the concept of Model Schools, Smart Classes, Evening Colleges, a community mobilization movement has been launched across J&K by reconstituting the Village Education Committees (VEC) to ensure participation of locals in the universalization of elementary education.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Education and Information, Ms Priya Sethi called for making the movement vibrant in the State to achieve its well envisaged ideals and objectives. She said the youth of J&K have tremendous potential and capabilities which need to be harnessed fully to utilize their energies towards bringing peace and prosperity to the State.

Pertinently, Scouts and Guides is a voluntary, non-political, educational movement for young people, open to all without distinction of origin, race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by the Founder Lord Baden Powell in 1907. The purpose of the movement is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of the local, national and international communities.

The customary scarves of Bharat Scouts and Guides were presented on this occasion to the President, Naeem Akhtar, Sr Vice President, Roma Wani, Vice President, Priya Sethi, Vice President, Jehangir Mir, Vice President, Yasha Mudgal and Vice President, Showkat Beigh.

State Chief Commissioner, Bharat Scouts & Guides, N A Khan was also present on the occasion.

The oath ceremony was conducted by Mr I D Soni State Commissioner (S) Bharat Scouts and Guides.