A proposal was received from the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports to convert Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development, an institution deemed to be university, at Sriperumbudur into Rajiv Gandhi Central University/National Institute of Youth and Sports. In order to examine the proposal and to make suitable recommendations, the Government has constituted a Committee consisting of the following persons: i) Prof. Ved Prakash, Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission, Chairman; ii) Prof. D.T. Khathing, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Jharkhand, Member; iii) Shri L.S. Ranawat, Director, Netraji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala, Member ex-officio; iv) Joint Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Member ex-officio; v) Dr. Boria Majumdar, Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia, Member; vii) Dr. Jaspal S. Sandhu, Dean Faculty of Sports Medicine, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Member; viii) Ms. Ashwini Nachappa, Distinguished sportsperson & Arjun Awardee, Member.
The Terms and Reference of the Committee are: i) To examine the feasibility of converting the existing institution deemed to be university to Central University/National Institute of Youth and Sports.; ii) To make recommendations on the appropriateness of broadening the mandate of the institution to include sporting activities which are an important aspect of the development of youth, particularly focusing on both practice and research in the field of youth development and sports; iii) To make recommendations on the financial requirements of such conversion of the institute to Central University/National Institute of Youth and Sports; iv) To suggest the template of the Governing Structure, in particular, whether the structure should remain as it is for Central Universities generally or any innovative modifications are called for; v) To suggest the objects and powers of such a University/National Institute of Youth and Sports.
The Committee is to lay down its own procedure, and is expected to submit its report to the Government within two months time from the date of this notification. The University Grants Commission (UGC) will provide all secretarial assistance and logistics support to the Committee.