Srinagar, Oct 9: With the establishment of hi-tech gymnasium, the performance of Kashmir University teams is likely to get better at national level.
The gymnasium, first of its kind in Valley at University level was inaugurated on July 16 by Union Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah and it has got all the facilities of world class gymnasium.
It has got latest imported equipment and has got separate cardio and weight training sections. The gymnasium has been equipped with hi-end commercial treadmills, cross trainers, arby track bikes and both open and modified version of machine weight training equipments. It has got spacious well designed building which will be equipped with other features shortly.
It has been only two months since its inception and the gymnasium has got quite a hit among Varsity officials, teachers as well as students. Though the intake capacity of the facility has been restricted to only 100 but it is basically meant for giving fitness training to the University teams that prepare for various Inter-University level events.
While all the outside Valley Universities were equipped with Gymnasium over years, Kashmir University was hesitant to move in this direction. It was only due to the hard efforts of Kashmir University Gymnasium coach Sheikh Adil, that varsity heads realised the importance of gymnasium.
"It took me five years to convince, University higher-ups about the importance of fitness centre inside KU. Finally my dream of establishing one become reality on July 16 when it was formally inaugurated by Dr Farooq Abdullah," said Sheikh Adil who is certified trainer from National Body Building School.
"The former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Reyaz Punjabi and Current one Prof Talat also former and current Director Physical Education and Sports department, Prof Nisar Ahmad and Prof Bashir Ahmad were instrumental in making this a reality. They gave me full hearted support and today I am proud to say that we have best fitness centre in entire Kashmir," Adil said.
He said that in today's professional sports competitive world importance of fitness is more than just to be good in the particular sports and for that thing everyone needs to work out at training centres.
"Be it cricket, football, cycling are any another sports discipline importance is laid on fitness which include, stamina, strength and agility of the player. Without spending hours in gymnasium under the expert trainer one can't think competing in any professional sports arena today," Adil said.
About the intake capacity of centre he said, "University has got thousands of officials and students and we can't allow everyone among them to use facilities of the centre. This is basically meant for imparting condition to MP Ed students who study in department and comprise among essential subjects for them. The most important use of the centre is to give training to players during coaching camps for various Inter-University level competitions," he said.
"I am sure with the use of facility at centre during coaching camps the performance of our teams at national level will get better and better with each passing day. Our players did not had this facility in past but now they can have full use of it," he said.
Currently around 80 members that include teaching and non-teaching staff of the varsity are taking benefits of facility during two shifts daily.
"We have accepted membership forms of around 80 persons and facility remain open in two shifts of morning, 5:30 AM to 8:30 and in evening 4:30 pm to 7:30. We charge nominal fee that include rupees 500 for non-teaching staff and 1000 for teaching staff that way below than the rest of the training facilities that are available in Valley," Adil said.
"Apart from operating in two shifts daily we also impart training to students whenever there is requirement. Our Director has made it clear that facility should be used to prepare our players for national level and we abiding those directions strictly," he added.
"It is the best thing that has happened to Kashmir University and it has given us opportunity to relax ourselves in fitness environs after hectic working schedule," said Associate Professor, PG Department of Kashmir Professor Mehfooza.
"I have yearning to see fitness centre coming up at KU and to see it becoming reality and that too such high class one is dream come true. KU officials deserve applause for this effort," said Irshad Ahmad of Education Department.