The Government Arts and Sports College located on the Kapurthala road which was once the hub of aspiring national and international players has now lost its sheen.
Established to produce sports persons who could represent the country in Olympics and international sports, Asia's first sports college is only a temporary establishment with no sports complex in sight.
The college, spread in an area of 40 acres, consists of ultra modern swimming pool, volley ball court, hockey court, a synthetic turf for athletes and gymnastics court.
Seeing the condition of the complex, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had laid the foundation stone to renovate the sports school in August last year. The revamped institute was to be named the Jalandhar Sports Institute built on 32 acres of land.
Paramjeet Kaur Jassal, principal of the college said, "We had a meeting in the headquarters on Monday regarding the renovation of the college. I have submitted my report regarding the project to Roshan Singh Kalia, principal secretary higher education, and the project will start soon."
Gurdarshan Brar, deputy director public instruction said, "The institute will be built under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan. The total cost of the project will be `26 crore out of which 65% will be sanctioned by the centre and 35% by the state government." He added, "A directorate has been set up to implement the project and we will submit our report on this project to the Ministry of Human Resource Development within a week."
PATHETIC CONDITION OF COLLEGE
Sports persons from the college and various other branches have to face issues due to the delay in the initiation of the project. All the practice courts are lying neglected. The time span of the synthetic turf, which was laid down in 1994, has expired since a long time, but no renovation work has been initiated.
The district sports department has been informed many times about the condition of the turf but no steps have been taken so far. In addition to this, there is no toilet for girl athletes. There are 30 female athletes under various branches, most of them state and national level players, who come for practice. There is also no arrangement for drinking water.
Meanwhile, the condition of the hockey field and volley ball court is equally deplorable. There is no proper entry to the hockey field which, in reality, is just a patch of land surrounded by weeds.
Adding to the plight, the lane which is the entry to the field remains flooded because of water which is released by the Meritorious School.
Meanwhile, the gymnastics department is facing a crisis of coaches. There are only two coaches for 50 students instead of the required five.
The college also lacks proper hostel facility for its residential students who are living in quarters in a dilapidated condition.