India's First High-Tech Sports Training Centre for Divyangjan

To celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened India’s first high-tech sports training centre for Divyangjan (people with disabilities). The centre, named after former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is located in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

This initiative aims to offer equal chances in sports, nurture talent, and promote participation in different sports. People with disabilities from across the country can practice and train at the ‘Atal Bihari Training Centre for Divyang (Disability) Sports.’

At the event, the Prime Minister introduced several other initiatives. Dr. Virendra Kumar, the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, was also present during the occasion. Additionally, Dr. Kumar visited the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Training Centre for Disability Sports before the inauguration. During the visit, the Minister had conversations with individuals with disabilities and provided them with encouragement.

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Administrative Framework-

India's First High-Tech Sports Training Centre for Divyangjan

It is an Autonomous body established by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India.

It is registered as a society under the M.P. Societies Registration Act, 1973 dated: 22.09.2021, with authorities being the Governing Body and executive committee supervising the activities of the Centre.

Aims and Objectives-

  • Ensuring training facilities for Divyang athletes that meet or exceed international standards.
  • Creating an international-level centre for para-athletes following accessibility standards.
  • Encouraging more Divyangjan to participate in sports, enabling effective competition in international events.

Budget-

The Indian Cabinet has approved a budget of ₹151.16 cr. for setting up the centre on a 34-acre area.

Conclusion-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s opening of the ‘Atal Bihari Training Centre for Disability Sports’ is a crucial moment in India’s drive for sports inclusivity. This facility ensures equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities, enabling their seamless integration into society and empowering Divyangjan athletes to chase their dreams.