Kapil Dev to be chancellor of Haryana Sports University
CHANDIGARH: India’s first cricket World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev was on Saturday named chancellor (designate) of the Haryana Sports University at Rai in Sonipat district.
Haryana sports minister Anil Vij had on Saturday confirmed the development on Twitter, saying, "Kapil Dev will be the first chancellor of Haryana Sports University at Rai, Sonipat."
"The governor of Haryana is pleased to appoint Kapil Dev as chancellor (designate) of the Sports University of Haryana with immediate effect. The terms and conditions of his appointment will be issued in due course," read a statement from the sports ministry.
Kapil Dev had led the Indian cricket team to World Cup glory in 1983 after outclassing a strong West Indies side by 43 runs at the Lord's in London.
Once in operation, the Sports University of Haryana will be the third such institute set up by a state government in the country after Swarnim Gujarat Sports University (Gandhinagar) and Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University (Chennai).
Vij had earlier announced that the Sports School, Rai (Sonipat), will be upgraded to a Sports University. In February this year, the Haryana government had approved the setting up of a sports university in Haryana.
The university would promote sports sciences, sports technology, sports management, sports coaching besides functioning as the training centre for select sports disciplines by adopting best international practices.
The university vice-chancellor, who will be the principal executive and academic officer, will exercise general supervision and control over its affairs. As per the plan, the existing Moti Lal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, in Sonipat would be converted into a university.