Hockey Olympian and Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Pargat Singh who steered India in the Olympics Hockey twice played a cricket winning shot at DAV University by announcing a road map to make Punjab the sports nursery of the country.
Playing cricket with students at DAV University, he said that there was an urgent need to hunt sports talent from the remote rural areas, nurture them and bloom them into international players all with government and sustained corporate support.
Pargat Singh, who visited the University to felicitate its national and international sportspersons and students placed in MNCs headed straight to the University playground and witnessed an ongoing cricket match and played cricket with students. He also interacted with the players and the faculty of the sports department.
Later, addressing students, Pargat Singh said that the education and sports sectors were integral and required revitalization. The Punjab Higher Education, School Education, Sports & Youth Services, NRI Affairs, Mr Pargat Singh, said that DAV University had played a major role in uplifting sports and maintaining the standard of education.
The minister and former hockey captain was received on the campus by the dignitaries of the University on behalf of Dr Punam Suri, Chancellor of the University. These university officials included the Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Rishi, Executive Director Mr Rajan Gupta, Registrar DR K N Kaul, Dean Academics Dr R K Seth and Deputy Director Sports, Dr Yeshbeer Singh.
While interacting with the University authorities, Pargat Singh said that he was delighted to learn DAV University was giving due consideration to requirements of the industry while preparing curricula. “This paves way to their better placements,” the minister observed.
He said that he proposed to invest heavily in human resources and infrastructure in the education sector. Emphasizing on the need to make youth healthy and strong, Mr Pargat Singh said that girls should have access to nutritional food and facilities.
The following students at the University were honoured by the minister:
Judo: Sanyogita Singh (silver medalist, commonwealth championship-2018; gold medalist, Khelo India-2018, bronze medalist, cadet and junior national-2019); Prachi Panwar (SGFI national bronze medalist-2018-19); Yeshvir Singh (CommonWealth championship silver 2018, Khelo India Gold 2019); Vikram Singh (Khelo India Silver Medal 2019).
Equestrian: Akash (gold medalist, Junior National Equestrian Championship 2020-2021 and gold medalist in Junior National Equestrian Championship 2019-2020)
Taekwondo: Syed Taha (Olympic ranked international taekwondo player 2019); Tamanna Dhiman (open international participation in taekwondo 2019, Black Dan 1 holder, 2021 grand finale talent show taekwondo winner)
Power Lifting: Roshni (National gold 2021); Aadesh (National Silver 2019; Rohit (National bronze 2019); Akshay (National bronze 2019)
Kho-Kho: Navin Kumar (National gold 2019); Arun (National bronze medal 2019
Happy (Junior National gold 2015 Gujarat, All India University gold 2015 Orissa, All India University silver 2014 GNDU, Junior National gold 2012); Harpreet Kaur (third in Junior Asian Championship, Hong Kong 2014, participation in World University South Korea 2015
The students who were honoured for placements:
Madhav Sharma, Ayan Chawla, Bhupender Singh, Gursumit, Rahul Kumar, Ankur Dhiman, Misha, Pooja, Vishal Marwaha, Tarang, Sachin Khanna, Shushil Wasan, Ankush Kochhar, Rohit, Shivani, Akshay, Brijesh Sondhi, Kanav, Arjun Mahajan, Suchitra Vohra, Gursharan Mahey, Shubham Mehta, Aman Patial, Harpreet Kaur, Mohit Sharma, Amritroop Kaur and Devashish Dhiman.