LAHORE: Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said the government has planned to build sports complexes at the district level to promote sports and healthy activities in the province.
He expressed these view while addressing the concluding ceremony of a three-day sports gala at Government Islamia College, Railway Road on Wednesday. The minister said the youth would be provided state-of-the-art facilities for 11 different games at new sports complexes. He said the Punjab government would establish sports academies to promote sports among the youth.
“The students with a good aptitude for sports will be enrolled in these sports academies to help bring forth their talent. These students will also be provided free education so that the blend of sports and education could produce the best sportsmen at par with the international standards,” he said.
While commending the contribution of Islamia College in the Pakistan Movement, he congratulated the administration for successfully completing 125 years in the field of education.
“This Aitchison of Muslims provided higher education to the youth so that they could save their economic future under the British Raj and also played an active role in the decisive elections of 1945,” he added.
The minister announced that the historic building of the college would be renovated and restored to its original grandeur and glory.
He also announced provision of necessary funds for research-based activities in the college. Gillani urged students to take part in sports as well as studies.
“Sports teach lessons like discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, accountability and teamwork. College sports activities embody this concept for students,” the minister remarked. Later, the minister distributed prizes among the winners of the gala. Muhammad Imran was declared the best athlete, while the team of Muhammad Nawaz bagged first position in gymnastics.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2017.
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