Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012
Calicut University to get sports complex
Malappuram: The University of Calicut campus will soon have a sports complex with international facilities. The university has tied up with the Kerala Olympic Association to set up the Rs.92-crore sports complex, with financial support from the State government and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
Vice-Chancellor M. Abdul Salam and Olympic Association secretary P.A. Hamza signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a function held on the campus on Tuesday.
The complex will be modelled on the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose National Institute of Sports, Patiala. “The project will give a fillip to the development of sports in Malabar,” said Dr. Salam.
The complex will have a stadium, the gallery of which can accommodate 20,000 people; synthetic tracks; modern playgrounds with green turf; an aquatic complex with facilities for swimming, diving and water polo; indoor stadiums for badminton, volleyball, and basketball; sports hostels; a cricket stadium; and a stadium for hockey and cycling. The project would include the renovation of the existing university indoor stadium, said university officials.
The university will give 50 acres of land for the project. The MoU stipulates that the ownership of the complex and the land will rest with the university. The complex will be managed jointly by the State government, the Olympic Association and the university.
To host meets
Dr. Salam said that the project would equip the university to conduct sports events and training more efficiently. “The campus can now host national and international sporting events under the banner of the Olympic Association,” he said, adding that the university could open new courses in sports and physical education with the setting up of better facilities.
Calicut University Pro Vice-Chancellor K. Ravindranath; Registrar M.V. Joseph; Syndicate members M. Sivaraman, Navas Jan, Kozhikode District Olympic Association vice-president T.M. Velayudhan; secretary V.M. Mohanan; treasurer P.K. Kabeer; Calicut University Physical Education deputy director Sakeer Husain; and assistant director K.P. Manoj were present at the function.
Courtesy: The Hindu