MKU gets ₹2.2 crore to upgrade sports infrastructure

Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) is all set to boost its sports infrastructure with a funding of ₹2.2 crore from the University Grants Commission (UGC) under its Sports Development Fund.

Talks around building sporting infrastructure is usually restricted to building tracks and developing grounds. “However, we want to focus on sports psychology, nutrition and biochemistry for sport and exercise metabolism which are often ignored. Hence, we will be building laboratories focusing on these areas,” MKU Vice-Chancellor M. Krishnan told The Hindu here on Wednesday.

Of the ₹2.2 crore, UGC has already released ₹1.2 crore that will be used for construction of buildings. The remaining grant of ₹1 crore, expected early next year, will be used to purchase instruments and laboratory equipment. “This way, we will be able to provide individual attention to sportspersons, regulate their food intake and help in training them to face strong emotions on the field. They must be mentally prepared to face competition,” he said.

The UGC approved the MKU proposal in 2014. However, the project was put on hold as the university did not produce a utilisation certificate to UGC. The building is likely to be completed by September. Equipment will then be procured and the facility will become functional by March 2020, the Vice-Chancellor said.

The university has also plans to introduce courses in sports psychology, sports nutrition and related fields in the future, he added.

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