Mumbai: Development of sports is likely to get priority in the 12th Five Year Plan that will be implemented from the next year, a Planning Commission member said on Saturday.
"This is the last year of the 11th Five Year plan. Work is on for the 12th plan to be implemented from 2012-2017. In this what we have proposed and approved is that three fields: education, health and infrastructure -- will get priority," Planning Commission member Dr Narendra Jadhav told reporters on the sidelines of the India International Sports Summit, organised by TranStadia.
"Sports is related to all three. So sports is also likely to get priority in the 12th plan," he said.
Jadhav said the Commission was mulling a `Sarva Krida Abhiyaan` on the lines of `Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan`.
"It could be implemented in schools where sports could be made compulsory," he said adding, that thought was also being given to the establishment of a specialised sports university.
"We are looking at developing sports culture in the country from village level to urban with development of sports infrastructure on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model," he said.
Among the new initiatives could be an Indian Institute of Sports (IIS) along the lines of IIM and IIT to provide holistic education including sports medicine, coaching and sports sciences, he added.
To a query, Jadhav said, a final decision on the 12th five-year-plan was likely to be taken by January next year.
Sports Authority of India (SAI), Director General, Desh Deepak Verma said, " Private partnership is invited in sports. SAI can consider joining hands with private players.
"Land banks or available space at SAI facilities can be developed with private players on the basis of sharing space for stipulated duration in a year."