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JGI-Jain University launches India’s first Sports Fund – PRAYAS and announces the second edition of My Country Run in Bengaluru
Prayas, a national sports fund for budding sports talents across various disciplines with a corpus fund of Rs. 5 crores
Bengaluru, December 22, 2016: JGI–Jain University one of India’s premier Educational Institutions, today launched India’s first Sports Fund – PRAYAS, for budding sportspersons across the country, with a corpus of Rs. 5 crores to start off with. Also coming to the limelight was the second edition of – MY COUNTRY RUN, India’s first ever multi-category evening run for Men, Women and Children, in Bengaluru, with an aim to imbibe the spirit of sports & healthy living in every individual of the nation, to be scheduled on Sunday January 8, 2017 starting at Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
The Chairman of the JGI Group, Dr. Chenraj Roychand, a visionary, has been the driving force behind the My Country Run. It was his vision with active support and leadership from Dr. U.V. Shankar with the objective to: Create Olympians of the future, actively imbibe the spirit of sports & healthy living in every individual of the nation, support deserving sportsmen by equipping them with the right advice, training & knowledge to excel in globally renowned sporting events & meets.
Dr. Chenraj Roychand, Chairman – JGI Group, said, “We’ve been supporting sportspersons for the last 25 years, we wanted to take this mission forward to ensure they excel internationally, one of the main reasons why we started PRAYAS. Time has come for our nation to produce more Olympians, it’s matter of right support and Ecosystem. MY COUNTRY RUN created a big impact last year, which still echoes in the minds of first-time runners. With this initiative we want to start a movement, a movement to develop and promote sports as a career and fitness as a way of life”.
Extending his support, The Vice Chancellor-Jain University, Mr. Dr. N. Sundararajan, said, “Jain University has always believed in overall development of a student. We want to make a difference in every aspect, whether it is technology, research, academics, entrepreneurship or sports. This is one of our initiatives to promote sports and support the deserving sportspersons irrespective of which university or sports or State they belong to”.
PRAYAS is a revolutionary step forward in supporting the budding sportspersons in our country through the launch of a sports fund. A sports fund to which anyone can apply and be scrutinised to receive monetory and non-monetory benefits from JGI. PRAYAS will be functional starting January 2, 2017, with a corpus fund of Rs. 5 crores to start off with.
How does one apply for PRAYAS?
1. Go to the website for registration – www.jainuniversity.ac.in
2. Click on the JGI Sports Fund option, download the appilcation
3. Fill in the form and submit it at the Department of Sports, Jain University
4. The Registration period is during January to march every year.
5. The Committee will go through applications during March/April every year and shortlist candidates.
6. It will then be decided if monetary (funds for coaching, travel, accommodation, sports nutrition, etc.) or non-monetary (equipments, infrastructure for coaching, apparel & footwear, etc.) help is needed based on the details provided by applicants
7. Shortlisted candidates will be called with all credentials for scrutiny and discussion.
8. Recommended candidates from above shortlist will be awarded grants as per committee’s decision.
Who can apply for PRAYAS?
1. Any sportsperson who has the potential to excel in sports, the committee will shortlist candidates based on various parameters – District-level performances/rank, State-level performances/ranks.
2. Age Category – preferred age is between 15-16 years.
3. Any Coach/Parent can apply for his/her student/ward if they feel that the student is a strong contender, enthusiast, passionate about sports and exhibited their talent in recent past.
4. Any Indian National from any part of India who is entitled to have an Indian Passport.
For the last 25 years, JGI Group has been contributing to sports development and encouraging sportsmen to pursue their passion and reach the zenith of performance. They have created more than 300 international sportsmen and 3000 national sportsmen and sent 7 sportsmen to the Olympics till date. Dr. Roychand has been the pillar of support for every sports and sportsmen, by providing the right guidance, support & encouragement. To take their performance to the next level he envisioned to reach out to the nation through a run, which would involve every individual of the nation, to contribute towards building a platform that would promote sports and also work as a launch pad to the most deserving sportsmen who are on their journey to global excellence.
Announcing the launch of this dream project, the Dr. U.V. Sankar, Director of Sports – Jain University said, “Life of a sportsperson is filled with sacrifices and compromises. Sports require passion like any other career. Sometimes it may require only a pair of shoes to turn a national level player into an international one and other times it may require international training, experienced coaches and much more. We need to provide the desired timely support in the desired way to mould them into international achievers. PRAYAS is a major step we have taken to support the ones who need any kind of help in being prospective medallists internationally.” Dr. Sankar, a former national sportsman and a seasoned mentor who has over 2 decades of experience in guiding and producing a new generation of extraordinary champions in athletics, cricket, basketball, swimming, hockey, badminton, tennis, etc. is today well recognized for his incessant support to the sports students at Jain University and for mentoring stars like Pankaj Advani, Robin Uthappa, Shikha Tandon, Rohan Bopanna, etc.
On announcing India’s first Fast 5K category, Race Director Mr. Gul Mohamed Akbar said, “The largest turnout in any Marathon or distance race is in the 5-kilometer fun run, followed by the 10-kilometer run. With the introduction of the Fast 5K format, we are bridging the gap between the two races and encouraging participants to upgrade to a faster pace at the 5K itself before they graduate to the 10K. This also helps those who are uncomfortable at the 10K to work towards running a faster race for half the distance. This category is expected to encourage and welcome more participants into the world of running and fitness”.
Mr. Gul, a marathoner himself, who holds the distinction of being the Race Director for 11 marathons and distance races, has many runs to his credit in and out of the country. He has successfully guided Bengaluru’s oldest & the world’s first night race – Bengaluru Midnight Marathon, through its 10th edition. He took his race administration skills to the next level, when he pioneered a historic pact between China & Bengaluru Midnight Marathon and on December 10th, 2016, there were 2,08,764 Chinese participants running this race all across China, thereby bridging gaps between the two nations through the bond of sports.
Around 12,000 people are expected to be a part of this momentous event on January 8th. The distance of 10 km that seems like a challenge, isn’t a very daunting one; but never the less, keeping this in mind, the organizers have given participants an option to choose between 5km and 10km runs.