The ‘Annual Fest-2014’ got off to a colourful start at Alwardas Public School (APS) here on Thursday. Nearly 500 students from 10 schools are participating in the festival.
The three-day festival, inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor of GITAM University G. Subrahmanyam, aims at epitomising the essence of unity in diversity by hosting a row of cultural, sports, fancy dress and a host of interesting competitions. For those who gathered at the venue, it was a visual treat when the little ones of APS staged a classical fusion clubbing classical dance forms Mohiniattam, Bharatanatyam and Kathakali with other dance forms.
Students from other schools exhibited their skills by staging a sequence of classical and film dance performances. A total of 30 contests, involving students from Class I to XI, will be part of the carnival which concludes on Saturday. Children regaled the audience with their lively cultural show. What makes the fest more appealing is the add-ons introduced this year such as face-painting contest with global warming as its theme, crossword puzzle apart from little master chef and ‘Mr and Ms Fest’.
Correspondent of APS S. Vijaya Ravindra, Principal Harshalatha Chiranjeevi, treasurer S.P. Ravindra and board members A.S.N. Prasad and Krishna Rao, among other invitees stressed on the importance of participating in extracurricular activities. They felt that platform such as this helps in fostering healthy competitive spirit and teamwork among children.
RINL Senior Manager (Finance & Accounts) Sureddy Krishna Mohan’s daughter Geethika has been selected for national level archery tournament (under-14 year category) to be held in January.
She has secured 550 points out of 660 and annexed a bronze medal at 59th State Level School Games Federation of Andhra Pradesh District Archery Tournament-cum -Selections conducted at Guru Vidhyalaya High School, Hyderabad.
A student who is good in sports is bound to be good in academics as well. This strong connection between sports and academics was revealed by a recent study, said Krishna District Sports Secretary N. Srinivasa Rao on Tuesday.
He was addressing students of Delhi Public School (DPS), Vijayawada on the occasion of the school’s 7th annual sports day. Mr. Srinivasa Rao complimented the management of the DPS for giving equal importance to academics as well as sports. Track and field events like 100-mts run, 400×100 mts relay for juniors and seniors and ‘tug of tunnel’ and ‘Clip Clap’ race for tiny tots were held besides an impressive display of karate feats.
The chief guest gave away prizes to winners of the various events.
The overall championship in sports and games was won by Brahmaputra House. The winners included K. Jnana Sri (Ganges House); Individual sub-junior championship (girls), P. Pravishta (Narmada House); Individual sub-junior championship (boys), T. Ananya (Krishna House); Individual Junior Championship (girls), J. Rahul Pundarika (Brahmaputra House); Individual Junior Championship (boys), G. Himaja Varma (Brahmaputra House): Individual Senior Championship (girls) and K. Pratap Reddy (Brahmaputra House); Individual Senior Championship (boys).
The overall championship in sports and games was won by Brahmaputra House
A series of matches between a Singapore junior team and the teams from Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association Under-14 Zonal academies commenced at the Port Stadium here on Tuesday.
Before the first match, the teams were introduced to Deputy Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust G.V.L. Satya Kumar. Secretary of VDCA K. Parthasaradhi said that matches will be held till December 21. Each match will be of 30-overs-a-side affairs coaches of VDCA Zonal teams will observe the matches and spot talented players.
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Abdul Kareem Khan of Timpany School claimed the under-12 age group boys’ singles title in the Moula Khan all-India tennis tournament held at Vizianagaram a few days ago. Commissioner of Police B. Shivadhar Reddy congratulated Abdul Kareem Khan and wished him more success in future.
Asian Para-Cycling Championship silver medallist Aditya Mehta was on Tuesday felicitated for successfully completing 2500 kilometres of his cycle ride from Kashmir to Hyderabad, en route to Kanyakumari.
Recevied in city
He was received by Special Chief Secretary, Tourism and Sports, Chandana Khan at the Gachibowli Bike Station here.
GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar was among the host of other dignitaries who was present on the occasion.
Speaking at the event, which was being held on the occasion of World Disability Day, Mr. Mehta said the countrywide trip was a great experience, with the stretch from Jammu to Kashmir being the hardest, the temperature there being as low as minus four degrees.
Mr. Mehta began his journey from Kashmir on November 7, and has been cycling for the last 25 days, having travelled through Jammu, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gwalior, Nagpur, etc. and covering 2,500 km before reaching Hyderabad on December 1.
He is expected to wrap up the ride by reaching Kanyakumari – another 1,100 km – in the next 10 days, clocking 180 kilometres a day on an average.
Asian para-cycling silver medallist Aditya Mehta is on a 3,600-km trip from Kashmir to Kanyakumari
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A constructive effort linking sports to higher e
Today, when many small nations are making a mark in Olympics, India is lagging way behind. Its poor involvement in sports other than cricket is a matter of concern.
India’s higher education system is the third largest in the world enrolling nearly 22 million students in more than 46,000 institutions, but only a handful make it to the international level in sports. While, the nation has been taking measures to develop and implement an accredited education system, efforts are being made to make the curriculum research-based, along with industry interface. In spite of these efforts, sports has not been given the importance it deserves. The failure to strike a balance between co-curricular activities and academics in higher education has led to a lapse of holistic development of students.
Many colleges do not maintain playgrounds or provide the required sports equipment to aspiring students. Sports trainers and support staff are poorly paid, unlike the academic faculty. The absence of sports-friendly policies and the myth that physical education doesn’t aid one’s academic progress prevails, even in the best institutions.
Sports helps in creating a holistic personality, healthy and stable body functions, maintaining hormone levels and higher immunity levels, besides managing stress and depression. Most parents fail to understand this and continue to pressurise children to score well in academics. This is not only demotivating but also leads to low self-confidence in children who cannot measure up to their parents’ aspirations. With continuous physical education and participation in sports, most students become confident and learn to overcome failures. Ethical and human values are reinforced through sports in the younger generation.
There is ample evidence to suggest that physical activity has a positive impact on cognitive skills leading to improved academic performance through enhanced concentration and attention as well as improved classroom behaviour. Students perform better academically when they are physically fit; the brain gets revitalised and they are able to perform more efficiently. Unfortunately, many higher education institutions eliminate physical education with the belief that more rigid classroom time would somehow spur students to learn more. Sports inculcates team spirit, leadership skills, strategic thinking and a risk-taking attitude that is essential in an individual’s career after having performed well academically.
Charting a career
In recent times, various career opportunities in sports have opened up for interested youngsters. There are different graduate and postgraduate peogrammes for those wanting to build a career in sports.
Besides playing at State, national and international levels, a sportsperson can work as a coach/fitness instructor, umpire/referee or sports commentator.
A career in sports journalism and photography is much sought after these days. Individual sportspersons have become consultants in space. Taking up dealership of sports equipment or manufacturing the same is a lucrative business.
Sports Authority of India (SAI), under its several academies and institutes, provides training to youngsters to become talented sportspersons.
The discipline of sports medicine influences and understands human behaviour in physical activities and sports. Sports scientists or sports medicine specialists are involved in sports nutrition supplements, sports biomechanics, sports psychology and other areas. They counsel and educate budding sportspersons by providing scientific input and enhancing performance.
Today, we have great sports celebrities like Pankaj Advani (Snooker and Billiards), Shikha Tandon and Rehan Poncha (Swimming), Anup Sridhar (Badminton) and Rohan Bopanna (Tennis), Gagan AP (Swimming), who have been able to achieve success due to immense support from their educational institutions.
These are success stories of how Indian universities can play a critical role in building India’s sporting culture. Hence, a constructive effort is needed to gradually adopt methods to linking sports to higher education thus ensuring a successful evolution in the Indian education system. This can only happen if sports can be woven into the academic stream.
The writer is President,
Jain University Trust.
There are different graduate and postgraduate programmes for those wanting to pursue a career in sports.