Sports ministry de-merges NIS Patiala from SAI

July 20th, 2011 - 9:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The sports ministry Tuesday de-merged the National Institute of Sports (NIS) from its parent body the Sports Authority of India (SAI) after six of the eight athletes training at the premier institute in Patiala flunked dope tests.

Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken said that NIS Patiala will now become an autonomous body and will be producing better home grown coaches to end India’s dependence on foreign coaches like Ukrainian Yuri Ogorodnik, whose six trainees flunked dope tests.

Maken said the sports ministry will introduce a cabinet note in the next session of parliament for introducing a bill to make NIS Patiala an autonomous institute.

Maken said the plan to de-merge NIS from SAI was made a couple of months back on the recommendation of the Moolchand Committee. But the dope scandal prompted the sports ministry to hasten the decision to implement it.

“We have decided to de-merge NIS Patiala from the SAI and it is being done to make it an institution of national importance. The primary role for NIS would be to produce world class and qualified coaches for various sporting disciplines rather than the currently prevalent, dominant role of holding training camps for athletes,” Maken said.

“We need to rectify that and the NIS Patiala should play that role of producing better Indian coaches. By doing that we can minimise incidents like the one that happened with the Ukrainian coach regarding the recent doping in athletics,” said Maken.

“I visited the NIS along with the Sports Secretary and other officials and we announced the need for redefining the role of NIS at a press conference there two and half months back. It was done after studying the Moolchand Committee report of 2007,” Maken said.

Maken said it was important to re-define the role of NIS Patiala, because with time the institute’s academic role got diluted and the conduct of national camps became primary activity.

“With the passage of time, the role of academic division got diluted, especially with the conduct of national camps becoming the primary activity in NIS Patiala and coaching getting relegated in priority.”

“As a result, NIS Patiala has failed to keep pace with the rapid scientific orientation of coaching taking place elsewhere in the world. The present decision to de-merge NIS Patiala from SAI is aimed at restoring the position of NIS Patiala as a premier national institute for coaching education,” said Maken.

Maken said NIS Patiala will now have powers to award degrees and diplomas on its own. The institute would be headed by a top SAI official much higher in rank than the current executive director.

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