theindialog

November 13, 2009

Sporting Ambitions

Filed under: Education,Maharashtra — loggers @ 2:27 pm

Amravati is home to one of India’s largest sports institutes, the Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal (HVPM). Founded in 1914 as a sports club, it initially served the dual purpose of uplifting the traditional system of exercise and instilling in the youth the spirit of the national freedom movement. It is now run as a public trust by members of the founding Vaidya family.

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Swimming pool at HVPM

Today spread over an area of 50 acres, the institute houses everything from an Olympic sized swimming pool to football grounds to a running track. Students from all over the country, including states as far away as Assam and Arunachal, come here to train and complete their studies. Currently supporting close to 5000 students, they are in the midst of expanding the campus to increase this figure. Over the years, the institute has produced a number of great athletes who have represented both state and country, across various disciplines such as badminton, track & field and wrestling. With regards to education opportunities, there is a degree college of physical education, college of engineering and technology and additional degree programs related to sports training available for the students.

Our parting thought: if scores of initiatives such as these spring up all over the country, where sports training and quality education are provided simultaneously, only then will we be capable of reaching the top rungs of an Olympics medals table.

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