The process of framing ordinances by the Goa University’s (GU) academic council to bring the sports policy into force is likely to be completed by June 15, 2011. The benefits provided for in the state sports policy will be partly or fully implemented by the GU within its campus and affiliated colleges from the academic year 2011-12.
As per a reply tabled by education minister Atanasio Monserrate at the recently concluded state assembly session, the Goa sports policy was placed before the academic council of the University in 2010 for implementation. The subcommittee of the academic council is now in the process of framing the ordinances based on the provisions contained in the sports policy for implementation.
“The process is expected to be completed by June 15, 2011. The scheme will then be implemented from the academic year 2011-12 partly or wholly subject to the University Grants Commission’s statutory council and court directives with regards to minimum attendance, etc,” Monserrate has stated in his response.
The implementation of the policy within the Goa University and its affiliated colleges will make incentives available to sports persons studying in the institutes in the form of special leave of absence, special examination or supplementary examination for those who miss a test to participate in a prominent tournament, additional opportunity to answer internal semester examination and award of sports merit marks for excelling in the participated events among others benefits.
The academic council of the GU in its meeting held on April 15 and 16, 2010, had deliberated on the issue of implementation of the sports policy. Considering academic and other implications such as UGC guidelines and court rulings, the university decided to constitute a subcommittee to study the matter and submit a report to the academic council.
The education minister also said that the GU had circulated the copy of the sports policy to all affiliated colleges for their knowledge immediately after the policy copy was forwarded to the University by the state.