Lok Sabha passes National Sports University Bill, 2018

The Lok Sabha on August 3, 2018, passed the National Sports University Bill, 2018 that seeks to establish a National Sports University in Manipur as part of a vision to enhance country’s standing in sports. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports on July 23, 2018. It replaces the National Sports University Ordinance, 2018 that was promulgated on May 31, 2018.

Key Highlights:-
1. The National Sports University will be headquartered in Manipur.
2. The University will undertake research on physical education, strengthen sports training programmes, and collaborate internationally in the field of physical education, among others.
3. It may establish outlying campuses within or outside India, colleges, or regional centres.
4. The Schedule to the Bill contains statutes. These statutes specify the establishment, composition, and powers of various authorities such as the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and Dean of Schools. Any such action will require the approval of the central government.
5. If no action is taken within a reasonable time period, the central government may issue binding directions to the Council. In addition, the central government may annul any proceeding of the University which do not conform with the Bill.
6. The central government will review and inspect the functioning of the University. The Executive Council may take action based on the findings of the inspection.
7. Any dispute arising out the disciplinary action taken by the University against a student may be referred to a Tribunal of Arbitration (at the request of the student).
8. Disputes arising out of the contract between an employee and the University may also be referred to a Tribunal of Arbitration.
9. The University will maintain a Fund which will contain contributions by the central government, state governments, or the University Grants Commission; loans, gifts, and donations; income from fees, and amounts received from any other source.

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