Panjab University to set up placement cell for athletes

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Panjab University to set up placement cell for athletes

Panjab University to set up placement cell for athletes

The Directorate of Sports, Panjab University, will now have a dedicated placement cell, specially meant for the sportspersons of the affiliated colleges seeking directions for securing their future.

The placement cell will be introduced with an aim to provide job assistance to the outstanding sportspersons of the university and its affiliated colleges, said Prashant Kumar Gautam, Director, Sports, Panjab University.

Prashant Kumar Gautam, Director, Sports, Panjab University

A lot of recruitment is done under the sports quota in various organisations. Institutions like the Army ask us about our meritorious players. This cell will zero in on such opportunities. It will help players secure their future.

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The proposal to set up the cell was approved by the executive committee of the PU Sports Committee in its meeting yesterday.

“It is expected that this initiative will also attract good sportspersons to the university. This will also solve the dual purpose of improving the NAAC rankings,” said Gautam.

The cell will deal with adjusting sportspersons in various PSUs, Indian Army, Police Department and other sectors.

“A lot of recruitment is done under sports quota in various organisations. Institutions like the Army ask us about our meritorious players. This cell will zero in on such opportunities. It will help players secure their future,” Gautam added.

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Asked about arranging special training to help players learn recruitment drills, he said such programmes would also be introduced.

“The cell will also arrange need-based training/courses. Also, we are planning to hire some expertise to help players in getting specialised training,” Gautam informed.

Though the initiative has been welcomed by the sportspersons, there have been concerns too.

“This is a welcome step and will encourage sportspersons. However, the authorities should also arrange special classes for sportspersons to clear their degrees. Many meritorious sportspersons fail to secure their future as they fail to excel in academics,” said a senior coach.

Panjab University to set up placement cell for athletes

“Also, the university should get undertaking from sportspersons so that they represent Panjab University for a minimum of three regular years to become eligible for getting enrolled under the placement programme,” said the coach.

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Another coach said: “This will surely help sportspersons get specialised guidance. There are many players in Punjab who fail to get a proper direction. The university should also tie up with national/international clubs or academies, so that players can play professional leagues. Not all sportspersons will be able to get jobs, they will also get an opportunity to play at the highest level.”

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