Throughout our schooling days, we are always told about the importance of board examinations and just how crucial it is for us to meet those always escalating cut-off’s. Unfortunately, what do not get enough importance are sports. For budding young athletes and the future Virat Kohlis and Saina Nehwals, sports are not being given the attention and importance that they deserve. As such, it won’t be surprising to note that not many people (parents and students alike) are aware of colleges that actually offer sports scholarships to budding athletes, or that scholarships are even handed out on the basis of sports. So, if you think that you’re housing a potential Olympic gold winner, here are 6 Indian colleges offering sports scholarships that you need to keep an eye on –
Sri Venkateswara College, New Delhi
One of Delhi Universities most well known colleges, Sri Venkateswara offers scholarships to talented young athletes on the basis of merit. Those who have made significant achievements at a National/All India (Intervarsity) stage will get scholarships amounting to Rs. 3,500, Rs. 5,000 or Rs. 7,500 depending on the positions they secured. Similarly, those who have made achievements at an International level will be awarded scholarships of up to Rs. 10,000.
Laxmibai National College of Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram
Another college offering sports scholarships to students is the Laxmibai National College of Physical Education. Located in God’s own country, this college provides scholarships of up to 10% to medal winners at national level competitions held for individual events and team sports. The value of this scholarship ranges from anywhere between Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000 per year.
Amity University, Noida
Situated in Noida, Amity offers scholarships to talented youngsters in the field of sports. The type of scholarships being given depends on the achievements of the student. For instance, a student will get 25% scholarship for participating in a sporting event at a national level, 50% if he/she won a medal at a national level and 100% scholarship for participating at an international level.
Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), Patiala
With a college having ‘Sports’ in its name, for it to not offer sports scholarships would not have made any sense. Located in Patiala, the sports training facilities available at this institute are of the highest level. When it comes to scholarships, they are offered for state and national levels, with special scholarships being offered to women as well. What makes this institute stand apart from the rest, however, are the additional facilities they possess for training coaches.
TNEA and Anna University, Tamil Nadu
Located in Tamil Nadu, this university offers up to 500 seats to potential students via its sports quota, a five times increase in number of available seats from the previous year. Of the two, it’s Anna University of Technology that houses the lion’s share of seats (488) for admission. Covering up to 51 different sporting disciplines, the primary goal of this university is to recognize and reward students talented in the field of sports.
SRM University, Tamil Nadu
And we save the best for the last. Once again located in Tamil Nadu, the SRM University is a pioneer in giving out sports scholarships, with up to 108 students being awarded one in 2014. In one year alone, the university has reportedly spent around Rs. 7 crores in providing scholarships to deserving students. What makes SRM University incredibly special is the sheer variety of sports that they offer scholarships in. From Volley ball to Football, Badminton to Hockey, Table tennis to Cricket, all are covered by SRM. Even students who excel at indoor games like Chess are awarded scholarships. In short, this university really is the gold standard at promoting sports on a national level.