Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Haryana is the first state to provide electricity, clean water and good roads to all its villages. And, apart from providing this basic infrastructure, today the state has moved on to establish itself as the number one state in the country in the field of sports. Full credit for this goes to the Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupendra Singh Hooda, who has created a positive atmosphere conducive to sports in the state by making available awards, scholarships and jobs to successful sportspersons. Bhupendra Singh Hooda throws light on this sector and outlines the work done by the government as well as its vision for the future

    Players from Haryana have established new milestones in the field of sports and for London Olympics-2012 the number of players from the state has also increased sharply. What are the reasons for this?
    The sports players of Haryana have made the state and country proud by performing well nationally and internationally. In all formats of sports -- Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games -- their achievements have been noteworthy. I am very happy. In all, 84 players are representing India in the Olympics. Out of this, 18 players, who constitute 21 per cent of the team, are from Haryana. It is really a great achievement.
    In 2004 Sydney Olympics there were only three players from Haryana. This number has now gone up from three to 21 and this, according to me, is only due to the new sports policy. The policy not only increased the culture of sports in the state it also brought in awards and other perks to motivate people to take up sports as a career.
    Now the gold medal winner of the Olympic Games will be given Rs. 2.5 crore, instead of Rs. 1 crore, a silver medal winner will be awarded by Rs. 1.5 crore, instead of Rs.50 lakh. Bronze medal winner will recieve Rs.1 crore instead of Rs.25 lakhs. I believe that if you are laborious and hard working then everything is possible. The players are working hard and we are providing them good facilities.
    You have started a plan named Padak Lao-Pad Pao (Win a Medal, Get a Job). What was the vision behind this plan?
    I want to give a good future to all of those players who are laborious. That’s why we started Padak Lao-Pad Pao Yojna. Actually I was also a sportsplayer. So I know the problems of a sportsman. We have awarded jobs to 398 players in Police Department in the last seven years. Seventeen of these players are DSPs, 19 are Inspectors, 44 are Sub-Inspectors and 318 are Constables.
    In the Commonwealth Games 2010, 35% of the Indian medals were won by Haryana players. How was it made possible?
    Haryana is very small state. It only has 1.3% of the country's total area and 2% of its population. But when we talk about medals, we are way ahead of other states.
    India won a total of 101 medals in Commonwealth Games and Haryana won 35 of these medals. We felicitated all these players at Sonipat in November 2010. We gave to each of the gold medal winners Rs.15 lakh, Maruti SX-4 car and 101 kg desi ghee and Nokia mobile phone. The silver medal winners got Rs.10 lakh, Maruti Swift Desire car and 51 kg desi ghee and Nokia mobile phone. Each of the bronze medal winners received Rs.5 lakh, Maruti Wagan car, 21 kg desi ghee and a mobile phone. We also gave awards to their trainers.
    Who are these 18 players and will you be going to London to see our players perform?
    As per my schedule I will try to be in London for the games from August 5 to August 12. The 18 players who are part of the Indian contingent are: Krishna Puniya and Seema Antil in Discus Throw; Om Prakash in Shot Put; in boxing there are five players -- Jai Bhagwan, Manoj, Vikas Krishna Yadav, Vijendra Kumar and Sumit Sangwan. Shooting will be represented by Anurag Singh, Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput. In wrestling, Sushil Kumar, Yogeswar Dutta, Anil and Geeta will take part. In our Hockey team are Sandeep Singh and Sardar Singh. Saina Nehwal will be taking part in Badminton.
    Your government has created 3 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for sportspersons....
    Thousands of job seekers come to me daily. Many of them are sportspersons. A majority of them have financial problems while their achievements are great. That’s why we have decided to give 3 percent reservation to sportspersons.
    You are the first chief minister who has started a scholarship plan for scheduled caste players to promote them. Why?
    We started the scholarship plan on September 2, 2011, for scheduled caste players, specially girls, to encourage them to take part in sports. In this plan we are giving monthly scholarships to those players who have done well at national and international levels.
    You have started SPAT (Sport and Physical Aptitude Test) in Haryana for those youths who are good in sports. What are the results?
    We are trying to spot good sportsmen and that’s why we started SPAT plan in 2010. From a bank of 2.54 crores population in the state, as many as 25 lakh youngmen and women interacted with the education department with the help of this policy. Scholarships are given to 5000 children who have been selected under SPAT plan. We are giving Rs. 1500 per month to 8 to 14 years old children and Rs.5000 per month to 16 to 19 years old children. For this year we have provided Rs.10 crore in the plan.
    Sahabad region is today dominating the hockey scene. What do you have to say on this?
    I am proud to say that the girls of Haryana's Sahabad region have done a marvellous job. In the Indian women's national hockey team 50 percent of the players were from Haryana. These girls helped us make history when they reached the Olympics qualifying round.
    What kinds of fundamental facilities are being provided to promote sports in Haryana by the state government?
    For improvement of any sports, we have to provide basic facilities. Our government has created not only a good atmosphere but also established many sports campuses, astroturfs, sports nurseries, etc. We have established 19 sports academies for providing international level sports facilities. We are establishing a modern Rs.103 crore sports campus of 90 acres. We are modernising and upgrading district sports campuses.

Source: Times of India


Experts say that the Rajiv Gandhi Education City will change the realty skyline of the Sonipat-Kundli region, much like what the IT-MNC-BPO industries did for Gurgaon.

    Sonipat-Kundli belt is emerging as a new hot spot for end users and buyers, as infrastructure and connectivity have improved tremendously here. 
    Also, the forthcoming 135kmlong Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway has the potential to transform the Sonipat-Kundli zone into a realty hub for investors. 
    Sonipat-Kundli zone, which is on a 15-minute drive from Rohini in north Delhi along the NH-1, is also shaping up as a international-level education hub with a number of universities coming forward to set up their branches on a 2,000-acre campus in the forthcoming Rajiv Gandhi Education City in Rai village in Sonipat. 
    The chief minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, recently laid the foundation stone for 10 prestigious educational institutions on the campus of Rajiv Gandhi Education City. On the occasion, Hooda said that the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, is one of the institutions that would open an extension branch on 50 acres on the campus. 
    These developments would enable the Sonipat-Kundli region to compete with Gurgaon on an equal footing, Hooda said. 
The chief minister also said that the Rajiv Gandhi Education City would be one of the largest higher education complexes in the world and would take in nearly 1.5 lakh students in the 10 universities, which are expected to offer courses in management, architecture, engineering, law, telecommunications, medical sciences, biotechnology, etc. 
List of Universities coming up in Rajiv Gandhi Education City 
Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune Ashoka University Asian Educational Society Skyline Business School Foundation for Organization Research and Education Manav Rachna International University (deemed) NC College of Engineering and Research Hindu School of Architecture RIMT Technical Campus Shri Balwant Rai Institute of Technology and Research SRM University Already, several realty players have lined up to establish IT parks, SEZs, a biotech city, a cyber city, a fashion city and entertainment malls, luxury and budget hotels, resorts and hospitals in the region. Physical infrastructure like 
water supply, sewage system, and power units have been upgraded and a railway bridge has come up in the Sonipat-Kundli region. 
Further, connectivity to the main junctions of Delhi has become easy. Commuters travelling from north Delhi via Mukarba Chowk can now avoid the traffic chaos and head straight through to Kundli. These developments have prompted top realty players like TDI, Ansals, Jindal Real Estate, Eldeco, Parker, Omaxe, Parsvnath, Vardhman, Apex Developers, etc, to set up base in the Sonipat-Kundli region. 
The KMP Expressway (also known as the Western Peripheral Expressway), which connects four national highways like NH-1, NH-2, NH-8 and NH-10 in Haryana, is expected to become fully operational by May 2013, according to sources, while the Manesar-Palwal stretch is slated to open by September. 
Major infrastructure projects in Sonipat-Kundli 
Foundation stone laid for 10 universities in Rajiv Gandhi Education City IIT, Delhi, Extension Campus at the education city 52km stretch between Manesar and Palwal (part of KMP Expressway) to be operational by September Complete stretch of KMP Expressway to be ready by May 2013 15-minute drive from Rohini and Pitampura through the signal-free Mukarba Chowk Rapid Rail Transport System to connect Delhi and Kundli in 20 minutes Plan for a Metro line 100-meter-wide road from IGI Airport to Narela

Source: Times of India

Friday, August 24, 2012

NID to be set up in Kurukshetra

A National Institute of Fashion Technology will be set up at Panchkula and a National Institute of Design in Kurukshetra, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said here on Wednesday.

The state will become an education hub of international standard in a few years, he told reporters here.

Kalpana Chawla Medical College is being set up in Karnal, Rajiv Gandhi Education city at Kundli in Sonipat, a Medical College in Nalhar, Mewat, a Defence university in Gurgaon, and a central university in Mahendergarh, Hooda said.

Efforts were being made to develop Kurukshetra a tourist destination of international standards, he said.

A replica of Tirupati temple is being established in Kurukshetra, Hooda said.

The Times of India/ PTI Aug 23, 2012, 11.59AM IST

Number of universities in Haryana has increased to 30

Chandigarh, Aug 8 (PTI) 
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said as a result of effective steps being taken to promote education, the number of private and public universities in the state has increased to 30 from merely five in the year 2004-05. Besides, 479 new technical institutes have also been opened during the same period thus raising their intake capacity to 1.42 lakh. Hooda was speaking during the first convocation of O P Jindal Global University in Sonepat where he also gave away degrees to L.Lb, LLM and MBA students last evening, an official release said here today. As a result of opening of the 479 new technical institutions in the state, their total number has increased to 640. As the top priority, his government has concentrated on both the expansion and improvement of quality of education, he said. Apart from increasing the number of universities and technical institutes and their intake capacity, the government has also increased the number of schools and colleges. "Haryana is the first state in the country to have set up a medical college for women in government sector at Khanpur Kalan and medical colleges in government sector are also being set up at Nalhar in Mewat, Karnal and Faridabad," he added. Besides implementing a number of incentive based schemes, Right to Education Act had been executed in the state to ensure that no child was deprived of this right. These measures had helped students belonging to weaker sections of the society to get education, besides checking the drop-out rate in the state.

IBN Live/ PTI | 04:08 PM,Aug 08,2012

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Education is the key to make Haryana No. 1

Haryana is going ahead on a mission to provide the Right to Education to every child, as this is the best way of ensuring rapid and inclusive growth in the long run. Journey from literacy to education is a huge leap forward in the direction of providing equal opportunities to all, so that everyone can participate in today’s vibrant economy. Education for all becomes even more important in the context of modern global knowledge economy.