Sports are key to personality development – Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM &
Sports are an important part of just about every
society, every country, every part of our planet. In one way or another,
everyone is connected to sports. Often, it is considered a family activity or a
community building exercise. A friendly soccer match on a Sunday morning or a
baseball match in a neighbourhood community centre can prove to be quite
entertaining while offering opportunities for a picnic on a holiday or weekend.
Sports are vehicles for building a sense of togetherness, a sense of belonging
and a sense of unity amongst the onlookers or the audience as well as the
players. It is said that it is the disconnected mass gathered at the sports
ground get connected to each other when their favourite dark-horse
(cricketers/any sportsperson) is seen sweeping sixers or targeting towards the
goal post or to the bunker. Such is the aura of sports.
Games and sports are necessary in educational institutions for building up the
confidence of the students, the leadership skill and management. As the saying
in English goes, “All work and no Play makes Jack a Dull boy”. It has been
forgotten that academic learning and sports education complement each other.
They resemble the two sides of the same coin. If sports education is carried out
accompanied with the academic curriculum, the overall personality of the student
is increased to quite an extent. The qualities of the leadership, sharing, team
spirit and tolerance are learnt from sports. Sports education not only teaches
the students to maintain the physical stamina, but also the habit of obedience,
discipline, the determination to win, willpower, etc. The power of reasoning,
mental development, vocational specialisation comes from the academic education
of the students. Therefore, sports education along with the academics result in
the all-round development of the students. Now-a-days the system of education
makes the students stress more on their mental development and completely
rejects the physical activities. The overall outcome of this is that the
developing groups of graduates and professionals have weak bodies and poor
physique. The curriculum should include sports, games and physical health
education for the all-round development of the students.
4th North East Graduate Congress 2017 has made the arena open for competitions
in both indoor and pot door games, like carom, basket ball, volley ball and
badminton. Students from different colleges will be participating in those
sports competitions. “Apart from different academic activities, sports will
create a healthy ambience for personality development, the lessons of team work,
putting the team before self, since playing for a team is beyond a personal
accomplishment will also be learnt from those games, stated, sports co-ordinator,
USTM. We need to create a healthy and positive sense of competition. This sense
of fair play and teamwork is a much needed attribute in many corporate
boardrooms- explained Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM & Founder, ERDF.