FICCI decided to conduct a study on existing sports and physical education institutions in India to study the demand and supply gap and to connect the dots. Following were the findings of this report-
FICCI-Tanjun Associates and Skills Active Paper on Institutional Capacity Building of Sports and Physical Activities, Oct 2012
- The natural progression of most sports persons at school level in India, is to continue into higher education such as ‘Bachelors in physical education- (B.PEd)’, which only allows them to become sports/Physical Education teachers in schools etc.
- Those who want to take up job opportunities in training and development of athletes have to go through the rigour of National Institute of Sports in Patiala, Laxmi Bai National University of Physical Education etc.
- There are thousands of institutions offering these courses. However, only a miniscule few are aware of how to churn out sports persons or support personnel which market demands and are willing to do so, for lack of exposure to opportunities and relevant knowledge.
- Bringing these experts to one platform in a structured manner so that there is connection, convergence and collaboration for improving prospects of sports industry and medal prospects is the need of the hour and it can have far reaching consequences in kick-starting the sports sector in India.
Thus a more structured, converging and focused approach is required in bridging this demand and supply gap and to create more careers
This study was widely circulated and appreciated by think tanks and Sports state departments. It was acknowledged that India needs eco-system to support sportspersons which is non-existing. There was development of consensus to revive sports and physical education with a holistic approach of training and use of technology.