National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS)

Sports  Ministry is proposing to implement a Scheme called the National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) with the following objectives :

         i.            Identification of sporting talent among students in the age group of 8–12 years (for admission in Class IV to Class VI) who possess inborn qualities such as anthropometric, physical and physiological capabilities without any anatomical infirmities.

       ii.            Nurturing of the Sporting Potential / talent in District level Sports schools / Central Sports Schools / Junior Sports Academies etc., to make them excel at the National and international sports competitions.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is implementing the National Sports Talent Contest, (NSTC) Scheme for spotting talented young children in the age group of 8-14 years from schools and nurturing them by providing scientific training.

The following are the distinct sub-schemes of the NSTC Scheme :-

i)                 Regular Schools of NSTC Scheme

ii)                Indigenous Games & Martial Arts (IGMA)

iii)              Akharas

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, has been enacted, making elementary education a Fundamental Right, which, inter alia, provides for

(i)                  a play ground for each school;

(ii)                A part time instructor for physical education in upper primary schools;

(iii)               Supply of play material, games and sports equipment, as required, to schools.

In terms of the provisions of the RTE Act, no school shall be established or recognized unless it full fills the norms specified in the Schedule attached to the Act.

Further, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for all schools affiliated to it to provide one compulsory period for sports upto 10th class and two periods in a week for classes 11 and 12.

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