Minister for youth services sports and technical education, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari today said that inculcating a culture of sports among youth is essential in attaining a healthy lifestyle.
He made these remarks at an award distribution function of SKIMS cricket and football leauge-2017 organized by sports committee union SKIMS medical college and hospital, Bemina.
Legislators, Noor Muhammad Sheikh and Saif-ud-Din Bhat were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Ansari said that other than physical and mental development, sports activities play a vital role to widen vision and in gaining self-confidence which is key to excel in any field of life.
He complemented the principal, SKIMS medical college, Bemina prof Reyaz Untoo for his dedicated efforts for development of the SKIMS medical college and its hospital and for the revival of the co-curricular and sports activities in the college besides marked improvement in academics and patient care as the load in JVC has increased tremendously.
The minister stated that the proposal submitted by Prof Untoo for development of playing field and sports activities under “Khelo India Scheme” has been approved by the state government for its placement before the government of India and he assured that the proposal would be approved by the GoI and work on the project shall be taken up immediately after its approval and allocation.
Ansari announced that a basketball and volleyball court will be soon established in the SKIMS premises, besides a ‘Wellness Center’ to motivate people to live a healthy life, who are involved in drug menace and stress disorders.
He said that as educators, it is our responsibility to nurture young minds and bringing out the best in them. He added that there is a need to give focused attention so that students with different abilities and interests will be able to exploit their potential to the full.
He appreciated the college management for conducting extra-curricular activities. He said that the sports activities help in grooming youth to inculcate qualities to become global leaders and play a positive role in shaping society towards further betterment.
The minister said that the government has taken various innovative initiatives to develop a quality sports infrastructure in the state which will provide a better platform to the sportsperson to harness their skills. In this regard, the government has initiated the process of establishing mini stadiums at district level across the state under PMDP.
The Minister urged the students to take an active part in co-curricular activities for overall development and assured that basic sports infrastructure will be made available to them on priority.
On the occasion, the Minister also distributed awards to players and organizers of the events, besides launching SKIMS annual magazine.
Meanwhile, the organizers said eighteen teams from government medical college, Srinagar, government dental college Srinagar and SKIMS medical college Bemina participated in the tournaments.
Former director and member governing body SKIMS, Prof MS Khuroo, director SKIMS, prof A G Ahanger, principal SKIMS MC&H, prof Riyaz A Untoo, executive editor SKIMS, prof M Rafiq, chairman sports SKIMS, Dr Ashfaq Ahmad, various administrative officers, faculty and students attended the event.