Union Minister Anurag Thakur Honored Guru Nanak Dev University Players

AMRITSAR: Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Sports and Youth honored the players (including 25 international players, holders of the positions of Khelo India University Games, Indian Interuniversity Championships and Khelo India Youth Games) from Guru Nanak Dev University with cash prizes worth more than 2.00 crore and trophies to top performing colleges.

These players have brought laurels to the University in various sporting disciplines at International, Khelo India and All India Inter-Varsity levels. The 52nd Annual Sports Awards Function was held at the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan University Auditorium of Guru Nanak Dev University.

Anurag Thakur said that the reputation of Guru Nanak Dev University precedes itself and it is one of the leading sports universities in the country. When we talk about developing a sports culture, it is these universities that lay the groundwork for that to happen. The United States of America, which has won the most Olympic medals in the history of the Games, has a prominent university sports culture and the reputation of Guru Nanak Dev University speaks for itself as it have won the prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy for recording 23 times. Not only the MAKA trophies, it has also produced 35 Arjuna, 2 Dronacharya and 6 Padma Shri laureates.

We have spent nearly INR 2758 crore to develop sports infrastructure in which we have sanctioned 300 projects across the country. He said that we focus more on female athletes – we run dedicated Khelo India Women’s Leagues in nine disciplines – Hockey, Archery, Weightlifting, Cycling, Boxing, Swimming, Wrestling, Volleyball and Judo – More than 23,000 female athletes will participate in these competitions.

While appreciating the work done by Guru Nanak Dev University and their colleges in the field of sports, Shri Thakur said that Guru Nanak Dev University finished a very honorable 4th in Khelo India University Games with 42 medals including 14 gold medals. He said that our government’s approach is citizen-centric and that we want to bring ease of life into the lives of all citizens. He said that sports culture must develop throughout the country and that the government is

While sharing memories of student life at Guru Nanak Dev University, he said it was his responsibility to provide necessary sports facilities and projects. He was proud to have been a student at this university which today has a name in many fields other than sports in the country and abroad. He said that the country can develop and prosper through sports culture and that at individual, family, societal and corporate level, everyone should also contribute to promote sports culture.

While welcoming the chief guest and other guests, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jaspal Singh Sandhu said that this university needs many projects to strengthen the sprots infrastructure. Professor Sandhu said the University needs grants and projects regarding the replacement of the Astroturf, the establishment of synthetic tracks, the upgrading of the swimming pool and other facilities. He also thanked Sh. Anurag Thakur for his visit to the university.

Earlier, Dr. Karanjeet Singh Kahlon, Registrar, welcomed the guests and Dr. Kanwar Mandeep Singh, Head of Department of Physical Education (TA), Office of the Director of Sports, reported on sports achievements . Professor Sarabjot Singh Behl, Dean of Academic Affairs, presented a vote of thanks. Professor Anish Dua, Dean of Student Welfare, led the work of this function. On this occasion, GNDU Sports Committee (Men), GNDU Sports Committee (Women), Principals and Leaders of Colleges who have contributed maximum to University Sports and other officials and coaches were also present.

Various sports personalities who have obtained positions and participated in the Olympic Games, World Cups/World Championships/Asian Games/Commonwealth Games, World University Games/Championship/Asian Championship/Asian Cup/Commonwealth Championship/Other International, SAF Championship/Games or any other recognized championships, All India Inter-University/Khelo India University Games/Khelo India Youth Games/other recognized tournaments/championships at university level were awarded cash prizes on this occasion.

In the men’s section, Khalsa College won the 2021-22 Guru Nanak Dev Inter-College University ‘A’ Division Overall Championship Trophy (Men) with 12800 points while Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar remained runners-up with 10700 points and GNDU Campus, Amritsar finished third with 2700 points. In the Men’s Division ‘B’ SSM College, Dinanagar was the winner with 2300 points and GNPKS, Nadala and SBDS Khalsa College, Domeli were runners-up with 700-700 points.

Similarly, in women’s section, BBKDAV College, Amritsar won the Guru Nanak Dev University 2021-22 Inter-College ‘A’ Division Overall Championship Trophy with 8300 points while HMV College, Jalandhar is remained runners-up with 7600 points and Khalsa College, Amritsar finished third with 4500 points. In Hindu College Division “B”, Amritsar was the winner with 3500 points and DAV College, Amritsar and Doaba College, Jalandhar were joint runners-up with 1600-1600 points in the women’s category. The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Yadgari Trophy for the year 2021-22 has been won by Khalsa College, Amritsar. On this occasion, the principals, the personalities/coaches of the CdD of Physical Education and Sports were also honored by the guest of honor.

On this occasion, the minister also inaugurated sports hostels under the “Khelo India” program and visited sports facilities on the university campus.

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