Municipal school students who were dreaming of getting new sporting equipment this academic season are in for a disappointment.
In 2011, the united Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had announced a fund of Rs. 1 crore for promoting sports in schools by giving stipends to promising students. Officials on Monday, however, said the money had lapsed.
“A lot of projects have been discontinued after the trifurcation of MCD. This is one of them,” said Mahender Nagpal, Leader of the House, North Corporation, who is also the former chairman of education committee, MCD.
Under the proposal, 10 students from each school who showed promise in a particular sport, were to be awarded with R1,000 per month so that she/he could purchase sports equipment and other gear.
The MCD was also to give a stipend of Rs. 20,000, Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 to students who achieved first, second and third positions at national sub-junior competitions. The fund also included purchase of food supplements for students.
Nagpal said that fresh proposals would have to be brought in order to promote sports. “Right now, the priority is giving students uniforms,” he said.
The 1,700 schools under the erstwhile MCD have been distributed between the three new corporations. To encourage sports, each corporation will now have to come up with a separate proposal.
According to councillors, considering the monetary constraints of the corporations, sports policies will encourage games that require minimum facilities. The list includes judo, karate, taekwondo, boxing, swimming, gymnastics and chess.