The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Jitendra Singh has said that primary responsibility for promotion and development of sports including in schools and colleges is that of States, as ‘Sports’ is a State subject.  However, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Sports Authority of India supplements the efforts of the States.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Jitendra Singh said, School Games Federation of India (SGFI) and Association of Indian Universities (AIU) have been recognized by the Government of India as National Sports Promotion Organizations (NSPOs) and are eligible for the same level of assistance as are available for National Sports Federations (NSFs).  The Scheme of Assistance to NSFs provides for assistance for conduct of National Championships and International tournaments in India, participation in International competitions abroad, organizing coaching camps, procurement of sports equipments, engagement of foreign coaches.  SGFI and AIU are involved in promotion and development of sports and games in schools and colleges/universities respectively.

The Minister said, conduct of National Championships in the Senior Category (both for men and women) and  inJunior and Sub-Junior Categories (both for boys and girls) is part of  the annual calendar of training and competitions of the NSFs. Participants in junior and sub-junior Championships are basically from schools. State-wise allocation of funds is not made under the above Scheme of Assistance to NSFs. However, funds allocated to the SGFI and AIU for promotion of sports in schools and colleges in the last three years and current year  is as follows :

                                                                                                                     (Rs. in lakhs)

Name of the Federation







School Games Federation of India, Bhopal





Association of Indian Universities (NSPO)






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