Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo on Wednesday signed the Memorandum of Understanding to replicate the Australian sports model in J&K.
The MoU was signed by Deakin University and J&K State Sports Council.
Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Molvi Imran Reza Ansari said, "We have signed MoU with the Deakin University Australia. It will help the JK Sports in formulating policy of sports, develop and upgradation of sports management and coaching and training of sports personnel and coaches," said Ansari.
He added that presently sports council has identified 200 villages where communities have been involved for the promotion of different sports. "The aim of this program is to get support and expert advice in preparing a draft of State Sports Policy," Ansari said.
The MoU was to take Sports arena in the State as an industry so that it will involve people from all communities within the State. "Our Chief Minister is personally focused to empower the youth in the State of Jammu and Kashmir and sports have already made a remarkable progress in the State as youth are participating in the various sports events," said Prof Matoo.
The dignitaries from Deakin University Australia and Australia India Institute hailed and hoped that such collaboration will go a long way in terms of sports management and development in Jammu and Kashmir.
Secretary Sports Council, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra who was also present on the occasion said that Sports Council which is an autonomous body has worked on ground and collected feedback from different communities from rural and urban areas about the promotion of sports as an industry in the state. He said that with the help of Deakin University, Sports Council would come up with a "Vision Document."