Assam Rifles Public School, the first Khelo India Sports School from North-East
Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju launched the Assam Rifles Public School (ARPS) in Shillong as a Khelo India Sports School on 04 January 2021. At present, 9 Sports Schools have been approved across the country, out of which 5 are managed by Defence & Para-military forces. In the North-East region, Assam Rifles Public School is the first Sports School announced under the Khelo India scheme.
The government shall now bear the expenses for Talented Sports Students of the school in terms of lodging, boarding, education expenses, competition exposure, insurance & medical, sports training & support, the salary of coaches & support staff, sports equipment, and more. The objective of a Khelo India Sports School is to integrate sports with education and in the process, develop sports in the country and improve the overall profile and outlook of athletes. This will also help in the identification and upliftment of talent from North-eastern, rural or tribal areas.
“It is a historic beginning of a journey for the Assam Rifles Public School and this Khelo India sports center will be nurturing young boys and girls, who will, in the long run, bring medals from the Olympics,” mentioned Rijiju.
Assam Rifles Public School was designated as a Khelo India Sports
School because of a good track record in academics & sports,
adequate boarding & lodging (hostel) facilities, sufficient space to
develop sports facilities and inclination to develop Olympic sports
under an inter-ministerial partnership between the Ministry of Youth
Affairs and Sports and the Ministry of Home Affairs. The disciplines finalised for the school are Archery, Athletics, and Fencing with a total
intake strength of 100 athletes (Boys & Girls in equal ratio) for
the first year.