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Central Government to open 75 sports schools in India

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75 sports schools to be opened in India

To encourage and support the Indian sports talented students, Central Government has decided to open 75 sports schools across the country.

Opening of these schools will be accomplished by next three years. From nest around 35 sports schools will be opened and by next two years 20 schools will be opened in each.

Admitting the students will be based on Physical Aptitude Test which will be conducted by the schools. Admission will be provided to these schools under sports quota.

Students aged from 8 to 12 years have to appear for Physical Aptitude Test to qualify for the admission.

These schools will provide the training to the students with respective disciplines. They make sure that students could pursue their academics as well.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will be in charge of funding these schools. Ministry also proposed to initiate the Selection of Sporting Talent (INSTAL) programme, which is expected to bring about expenses of Rs 2,200 crore for the centre over next 10 years.

To gain the eligibility of INSTAL, Schools must have the following facilities:
Excellent infrastructure for at least four to five of the sporting categories which include - boxing, wrestling, athletics/gymnastics, taekwondo, swimming, table tennis, badminton, hockey, football, archery, tennis, shooting, basketball and volleyball.
First-class track record in National School Games and a minimum area of 25 acres.
The ability to fund on their own as well as being sponsored by the centre.

Around 100 boys / girls per annum should be accommodated by the schools for four years continuously.

Every student who get admission under the sports quota, ministry will offer Rs 1.5 lakh per annum covering all the expenses. It also covers sports supplies worth Rs 1 lakh per school and Rs 2,500 per student per annum.

It will also accord the group insurance premium for the sports students and pay Rs 30,000 as salary per month for five coaches from each school.

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