When a majority of the sports complexes in Delhi are facing scrutiny
over missing deadlines, the Jamia Millia Islamia promises to finish
its task well ahead of schedule and even host a few inter-state
competitions as dress rehersal well ahead of the Commonwealth Games
“As part of the Commonwealth Games (CWG), we are constructing a
stadium worth Rs. 45 crore (Rs.450 million). Let me assure we are on
stream and well ahead of deadline,” Jamia university Vice Chancellor
Najeeb Jung told IANS.
will hand over the complex (to games authorities) by March 2010,”
university is the training ground for Commonwealth Games players in
three disciplines - rugby, badminton and table tennis.
stadium is state-of-the art. It’s world class. And players will have
a nice time preparing themselves.”
Jamia sports complex, said the VC, will host at least three state
level competitions from March. “We are going to hold several
competitions on the above three disciplines from March-April. There
will be inter-state competitions as well,” he said, asserting his
commitment to make the mega sporting event a grand success.
Asked about the use of the facilities after the CWG, Jung replied:
“We will use it for our students. I have a university of 19,000
students. They will use it. We have produced players like Virender
Sehwag,” he said smiling about his varsity’s contribution to Indian
“Jamia has a huge tradition of sports. The (sports) ground was given
to us by the great Nawab of Pataudi,” he added.
Talking about his university’s other contributions to the Games,
Jung said, under the National Service Scheme (NSS) Jamia has decided
to send 1,000 volunteers for the CWG. These volunteers, including
both male and female students in equal numbers, shall be involved in
various activities related to the Games.
“Apart from the NSS part, I am also giving 1,000 more students (both
male and female) to the Commonwealth Games Authority to help them in
several fields and manage the Games better,” the IAS
officer-turned-educationist told IANS.
Commonwealth Games scheduled for Oct 3-14, 2010, will host over
7,000 athletes from 73 countries. Apart from Jamia, Delhi University
is the other educational institution in the city where teams will