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Boost for sports careers as UGC to recognize sports science, management degrees

Bachelor’s and Master’s in Sports Science, Sports Management to be recognized degrees.

February 26, 2022 / 05:22 PM IST
Former cricketer Nilesh Kulkarni (left) and Maharashtra Sports and Youth Affairs minister Sunil Kedar at the press conference at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on February 26, 2022.

Former cricketer Nilesh Kulkarni (left) and Maharashtra Sports and Youth Affairs minister Sunil Kedar at the press conference at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on February 26, 2022.

Mumbai, February 26: The Maharashtra sports and youth affairs minister, Sunil Kedar, announced on February 26 in Mumbai the plans for the newly set-up International Sports University, Maharashtra (ISUM). He also confirmed the UGC’s (University Grants Commission's) decision to classify Bachelor’s and Master’s in Sports Science and Sports Management as recognized degree options all over India.

The validation of the degrees is expected to come into effect soon.

“With the International Sports University, our goal is to revolutionize sports education by incorporating different aspects of technology, management and sports governance, to produce sports professionals of the future,” Kedar said at a press conference at Wankhede Stadium, not far from where Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s six sealed the 2011 World Cup for India.

“We welcome UGC’s decision, and look forward to a quantum leap in building talent, jobs and sports IP for the long-term development of the Indian sports industry through professional education,” Kedar added.