The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will soon launch Khelo India programme for period 2017-18 to 2019-20 at cost of Rs 1756 crore.
It was announced by Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore while addressing Yuva Sambardhana Utsav organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, at KIIT Campus, Bhubaneswar. He also announced that year 2018 will be celebrated as the Year of Sports.
Khelo India programme
The programme aims at mainstreaming sports as tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development. It will have holistic impact on entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, talent identification, community sports, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.
The programme will promote 150 select schools from different districts and 20 universities across country, as hubs of sporting excellence, enabling talented sportspersons to pursue both education and competitive sports. It will cover about 200 million children in age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive.
It will also see launch of new Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme that would cover 1000 most talented young athletes each year across select sports disciplines. Each athlete selected under the programme will receive an annual scholarship worth Rs. 5 lakh for duration of 8 years.