With the passage of time, hockey, often called the national game, appears to have lost its charm among students with few colleges interested in promoting the game.
At present, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College has its own hockey team while SCD Government College is struggling to form a hockey team. Even Arya College, whose students had earlier won several hockey medals, has not been playing the game from a long time. Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College has not had a hockey team for the past many years.
According to hockey experts, hockey is fast losing popularity. Parminder Singh, head of the sports department at Arya College, said: "There has been no hockey team at our college for several years due to the lack of interest in the game".
The principal of SCD Government College, Dharam Singh, said his college would soon take steps to revive hockey. Meanwhile, Ghunjan Bhardwaj, head of the sports department at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, said the college had its own hockey team that had been playing for the past many years.
Hockey Ludhiana Association Treasurer, Jagbir Grewal said: "Due to lack of promotion hockey is losing its appeal among college students. When I graduated there was a college hockey team. The authorities do not seem interested in promoting our national game".
Meanwhile, district sports officer Kartar Singh said: "Colleges in the city aren't taking the initiative to form hockey teams. Hence, students who are interested in sports are not taking admissions in these colleges."