3473Forum backs sports quota in educational institutes and jobs
- Oct 28, 2013Forum backs sports quota in educational institutes and jobs
In its recommendations to the State government seeking revision of
Sports Policy Goa-2009, which was implemented to encourage young
children to pursue sports alongside academics, the Goa RTI Forum’s
Sports section on Saturday suggested that a percentage of seats in
educational institutes and Government jobs must be reserved for
It has also suggested that participation in sports merely for the sake
of availing sports participation marks must be discouraged.
Sandeep Heble, co-ordinator (Sports), Goa RTI Forum told The Hindu on
Saturday that they felt the need to suggest these inputs because
though the Policy was meant to encourage young athletes to achieve
sporting excellence through various incentives, in reality, due to
various anomalies in it and reluctance on the part of the Goa State
Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GSBSHE) to wholly
back the same, the desired results were far from achieved.
The Policy is currently under review, following a proposal made by the
GSBSHE to implement a cumulative marks system, whereby marks are to be
allotted at every stage of the competition.
“The final marks allotted to a student shall be the sum total s/he has
been awarded at every level, as per a note prepared by GSBSHE chairman
J.R. Rebello,” said Mr. Heble. The Goa Olympic Association, which met
its member associations recently, also endorsed a similar pattern on
awarding cumulative sports merit marks.
The Goa RTI Forum discussed all these issues at its General Body
meeting held on Saturday and there was a unanimous view that a proper
scientific approach must be adopted by the government in awarding
sports merit marks to achieve the desired result. The Forum, following
inputs provided by Arjuna Awardee footballer Brahmanand Shakwalker and
Mr. Heble, unanimously made several recommendations on the Sports
Policy, copies of which have been forwarded to Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar, Minister for Sports Ramesh Tawadkar and all concerned
The Forum in its memorandum stated that “the National Physical Fitness
programme and training modules of the Army and paramilitary forces,
may be used as a guideline while re-designing the policy”. Apart from
physical fitness, the memorandum demanded that students must be given
“psychological and mental training to build their motivation, focus,
commitment, mental toughness, for enhancing their performance and
turning them into potential winners”.
A scientific approach must be adopted by the government in awarding
sports merit marks