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Panel Discussion “Vision Olympics 2036 - Academia Athletica: Fusing Education and Sports for Tomorrow” in the 3rd BRICSCESS Conference 2024

The panel discussion on "Vision Olympics 2036: Academia Athletica - Fusing Education and Sports for Tomorrow" was pivotal during the 3rd BRICSCESS conference at Manav Rachana University, Faridabad. The discussion focused on exploring the integration of education and sports to empower student-athletes, aligning with India's vision for the 2036 Olympics.

Chair and Moderator

The session was chaired by Lt Gen (Dr.) J.S. Cheema, Vice Chancellor of The Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University, Patiala, moderated by Dr. Jatin Soni, Former Vice Chancellor of Swarnim Gujarat Sports University, Vadodara. Their leadership ensured the smooth flow of discussion and the exploration of pertinent topics.

Panel Experts with Chair and Moderator

1. Dr. Yogesh Chander, Dean-School of Physical Education and Sports, Sports University of Haryana

2. Col. Raj Singh Bishnoi, Sr. Executive Director, Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports, Patiala

3. Prof. Dhananjoy Shaw, Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Sciences, Delhi University

4. Prof. Manohar Lal, Department of Physical Education, Himachal Pradesh University

5. Prof. Kawaljeet Singh, Former Professor at GNDU and Director of Sports, Khalsa College, Amritsar

Key Discussion Points

1. Dr. Yogesh Chander explored the challenges of balancing academic and athletic commitments during the school system. Discussed collaboration opportunities between academia and stakeholders to empower student-athletes aiming for the Vision Olympics 2036. Emphasized strengthening the research and innovation environment aligned with the National Education Policy 2020.

2. Dr. Manohar Lal discussed establishing a perfect balance between sports training and education during college, emphasizing alignment with the National Education Policy 2020. Explored practical alignment of academia's educational philosophy with critical thinking, creativity, and holistic education.

3. Prof. Kamaljeet Singh explored fostering a culture of excellence and achievement in Academia Athletica to empower student-athletes to pursue Olympic dreams while excelling academically.

4. Prof. Dhananjoy Shaw discussed equipping student-athletes for success in academics and sports, aligning with global trends and the objectives of the Vision Olympics 2036 in India.

5. Lt Gen (Dr.) J.S. Cheema discussed ensuring athlete-centric support systems considering the holistic needs of student-athletes beyond academic requirements.

6. Dr. Jatin Soni provided insights into the vision of India and the theme of Academia Athletica: fusing education and sports for tomorrow.


The panel discussion provided invaluable insights into the challenges and opportunities in integrating education and sports to empower student-athletes. Strategies and practices discussed aimed at creating a holistic and supportive environment, aligning with national education policies, and leaving a legacy beyond traditional boundaries. The audience well-received the session, contributing significantly to the conference's theme of advancing holistic health and sport for children and youth.

On behalf of the organizing committee, sincere gratitude was extended to all panelists for their valuable contributions. Their expertise and insights were instrumental in advancing the dialogue on Academia Athletica and its role in shaping the future of sports and education in India.


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