Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) in Patiala will grant direct entry to 46 eminent athletes to its flagship Diploma Course in Sports Coaching form the 2020-21 session onwards.
Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) in Patiala will grant direct entry to 46 eminent athletes to its flagship Diploma Course in Sports Coaching form the 2020-21 session onwards. In order to attract more applicants, the institute has decided to relax some of the admission criteria announced earlier.
While the educational qualification for entry to the course remains 10+2 for all eminent athletes, changes have been brought about in the sports achievements criteria so as to allow more Asian and Commonwealth medalists and participants of Senior World Championships to enroll for the course.
Earlier, only those who have won a medal in the Senior World Championship could apply, with the new criteria athletes who have participated in the event are also eligible to apply. The criteria of winning a Gold medal in the Asian or Commonwealth Games has been replaced by winning a medal – gold, silver or bronze – in either of the events. Elite athletes who have participated in Olympics are automatically qualified to apply for the course.
Sandip Pradhan, Director General of the Sports Authority of India, said, “The inclusion of eminent Indian athletes in the coaching profession is important since there is a growing need to cater to the evolving needs of the growing sports ecosystem of India and to attract the best available talent in the country. The relaxation in admission criteria for elite athletes will ensure that a larger number of them find themselves eligible to apply for this course.”
46 eminent athletes will be chosen for 23 sports (1 male, 1 female coach in each discipline), and they will not have to appear for the entrance exam, which has been made online for the first-ever time in the history of the course. All eminent athletes, who are shortlisted for the course directly will, however, have to take the medical and physical tests alongside other candidates.
In case of two eminent athletes applying from the same discipline, a point-system has been put in place to identify the final candidate.
In view of the relaxation in the criteria for eminent athletes, it has also been decided to extend the last date of submission of online application for enrolment to the course to July 31.
For candidates, other than eminent athletes, who are awaiting final year results of graduation level-degree courses or if universities that they are enrolled in are yet to conduct final examination of the graduation-level degree courses can also apply online for the admission to diploma course but have to produce the final year passing certificate by September 30, 2020.