The partnership between the Gajapati (Odisha)-based Centurion University of Technology and Management and Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) have signed an agreement for development of sports and fitness vocational courses in India. The project, provided with a funding grant from the Australian Sports Commission, will focus on vocational education and training in India. The project under the Australian Sports Outreach Program will work to support the institutional capacity building for sport in India. SEDA will provide consulting services through the delivery of structured education and training in sports and sports services to Centurion University of Technology and Management. The project will deliver sport and recreation curriculum at the University and across India through schools, colleges and other institutions. The courses will be the first of its kind in India and will utilise training in sports, fitness, wellness and lifestyle to eventually focus on applied learning and vocational skills. The courses will include a vocational skills program and include literacy, numeracy, personal development, work skills and industry specific learning in India. The link between SEDA’s extensive vocational and sport partners in Australia and industry in India will ensure currency in the sports industry.
An agreement was presented by the President of Centurion University of Technology and Management, Professor Mukti Mishra to the Director of SEDA Brad Green in Melbourne, Australia on March 7th this year.
“The SEDA program will help CUTM build a centre of excellence for sports, wellness, and fitness related skills at University level a first of its kind in East, North East & South East India with the help of state of the art infrastructure & equipment, experienced & well trained faculty and SEDA’s curriculum & training content. East India is fast emerging as a hub for sports with excellent facilities like astro-turf hockey stadia (Ranchi, Bhubaneswar), cricket stadia (Raipur, Ranchi & Cuttack) as well as track & field stadia. This centre will help develop skills in the sports sector in India by layering sports education on top of the curriculum of existing schools & colleges and help identify talent who can go on and represent India at a global level. Further, this partnership will navigate and implement sports teachers’ training which will be concurrently holistic and applied.