The National Sports University Bill, 2018: Explained
New Delhi, July 31: Union Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore to move The National Sports University Bill, 2018 in Lok Sabha on Monday.
The Bill to establish and incorporate a National Sports University in the State of Manipur, a specialised University first of its kind, to promote sports education in the areas of sports sciences, sports technology, sports management and sports coaching besides functioning as the national training centre for select sports disciplines by adopting best international practices and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
National Sports University Ordinance, 2018 has come into force as the President of India has given his assent to the Union Cabinet's decision to promulgate the said Ordinance.
Earlier, the Union Cabinet, in its meeting held on 23rd May, 2018, had decided to approve the proposal of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to promulgate the National Sports University Ordinance, 2018, by which the National Sports University will be established with headquarters at Manipur.
National Sports University Ordinance, 2018 ("the Ordinance") will be on the lines of the National Sports University Bill, 2017, introduced in Lok Sabha on 10.08.2017.
The proposal was formally announced by the Finance Minister in his Budget speech of 2014-15 on 10.07.2014. For setting up the University, 325.90 acres of land has been made available by the Government of Manipur in Koutruk, West Imphal district of Manipur. The University would provide a boost to sports activities in the country, and also improve the country's sports performance at the national and international levels. The proposed University has also considerable employment generation potential.
Key features of the Bill :
Authorities of the University: The Bill provides for several authorities under the University. These include: (i) the Court, which will review the broad policies and programmes of the University, (ii) the Executive Council, which will be the principal executive body, (iii) the Academic and Activity Council, which will conduct the general supervision over academic policies, (iv) the Board of Sports Studies, which will approve subjects for research for various degrees and other requirements of research degrees, (v) the Finance Committee, which will examine the accounts and proposals for expenditure, and (vi) any other authorities which may be declared by the statutes.
The Executive Council: The Executive Council will conduct all of the University's administrative affairs. The members of the Executive Council will include: (i) the Vice-Chancellor (appointed by the central government), (ii) Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and (iii) four persons from amongst eminent sports persons, among others. Functions of the
Council include: (i) creating academic and non-academic posts, (ii) managing and regulating the University's finances and property, and (iii) partnering with industry and non-government agencies for advancement of knowledge.
Role the central government: The central government will review and inspect the functioning of the University. The Executive Council may take action based on the inspection report. If it fails to take action to the satisfaction of the central government, it will have to comply with the directions issued by the central government. Further, the central government may annul any proceeding of the University which is not in line with the Act.
Funding: The University will be required to maintain a fund which will be credited with the funds that it receives from the central government, state government, and fees and money received from any other sources (grants and gifts). All funds of the University will be invested as decided by the Board on the recommendation of the Finance Committee.
Disputes and appeal procedure: Any student or candidate whose name has been removed from the rolls of the University and who has been debarred from appearing for the examinations may appeal to the Executive Council. The Council may confirm, modify or reverse such a decision. Any dispute arising out of any disciplinary action taken by the University against a student may be referred (at the request of the student) to a Tribunal of Arbitration. Further, any dispute between the University and any employee will also be referred to a Tribunal of Arbitration.