In University Education, Sports play an important role in the development of integrated personality of the youth including – Body, Mind and Spirit. Accordingly, active participation of University students in competitive sports generates a spirit of healthy competition in daily life too. It is, therefore, necessary that university youth of country needs to be brought together on a “National Platform” through the media of sports and physical activities with a view to channelize youthful energy into constructive directions, as a nation building process.
Sports Division, partially funded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, functions as Inter University Sports Board (AIU) for promotion of competitive sports in university sector which is full of sporting potential for excellence. It organizes National University Games and Special Coaching/advance Training camps for highly talented and selected athletes in collaboration with member universities, for participation of Indian Universities teams/contingent in National and International Sports Championships. At present, 206 sporting events are being organized on All India Basis and four zone basis for both men and women sections.
Sports Division, AIU also processes the release of financial assistance, if received from the Sports Ministry to the host universities for the successful conduct of National University Games, every year. It also scrutinizes the self calculated claim (s) of contesting universities for the award of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy to be presented to the overall top performing university for promoting excellence in competitive sports. The MAKA Trophy is the most prestigious award, which is presented to the Vice Chancellor and Director Sports of winning university by the Hon’ble President of India on the National Sports Day – 29th August, every year.
Further, the AIU organizes Vizzy Trophy Cricket (M) Tournament in collaboration with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in which top 4 teams (one from each zone) are selected during zonal cricket tournaments, on the basis of outstanding performance of the players, every year. Furthermore, the Champion Universities Hockey (Men) Tournament is also organized in association with Jawharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society, regularly. The AIU, being an affiliated member of International University Sports Federation (FISU) arranges visits of Indian Universities teams for participation in World University Games/Championships and also acts as a host to visiting universities teams from other countries as and when required.
Another feather in the cap of the AIU was added when Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports vide letter No. F9-22/2007-SP.I dated 05-05-2008 elevated the status of Inter-University Sports Board (AIU) to National Sports Promotion Organization (NSPO), on account of its meritorious contribution in the field of University Sports and placed university sports in the “Priority Category of Sports” at par with other National Sports Federations for the purpose of promoting “Olympic Sports”. Therefore, with the changed role and responsibility, the AIU established 16 Centres of Excellence in various universities for the purpose of talent search and talent promotion on scientific lines and in professional manner to throw-up an adequate amount of potential to feed the national stream.
World University Championships-2016 The AIU being member of International University Sports Federation (FISU), projected Indian universities teams in World University Championship in 2016. It is heartening to note that Indian athletes won total 10 Medals, out of which Indian universities won 6 Gold Medals, 2 Bronze medals and 2 Silver in the highly contested global competitions
Further, Sports Division, AIU also organizes the Capacity-building and Sports Management programmes for up-dating professional knowledge, technical skills and promoting anti-doping awareness among the athletes and support staff, on the regular basis. The continuous professional development of the faculty (coaches, trainers and sports scientists) which is of paramount importance for effective management of university sports, broad-basing sports and achieving excellence at global competitions.
Moreover, Sports Division prepares the agenda for Annual General Meetings of Sports Board and Sports Committee. It also prepares Annual Performance Report including detailed results of National University Games organized by AIU in collaboration with member universities at various university sports centres. It liaisons with Sports Ministry, Sports Authority of India, National Sports Federations, Indian Olympic Association (IOA), International University Sports Federation (FISU) and Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF) for addressing important issues related to youth development through participation in competitive Sports and Physical Education in the university sector.