- Are students serious about sports to justify hiring a coach?
- Is the administration ready to commit the time and finances required to develop a sports program (or culture)?
The administration is considering hiring a sports coach at TIP. Mr. Ali Hafeez Azmat (Textile Science Faculty and Sports Coordinator) is currently interviewing suitable candidates. He claims that having a coach will provide the necessary discipline and team-spirit in students, as well as inculcating the virtues of patience and perseverance under the guidance of a professional. This coach would be ideally for cricket, football and basketball, and would provide general fitness training including stamina and strength building. He would organize and oversee inter- and intra-university sports.
Mr. Hafeez also claims that the Higher Education Commission wants sports programs to be a part of university curriculums to allow students to develop other necessary skills. HEC initiated the Pakistan University Games project in 2004 to develop sporting competitions between universities across Pakistan.
“Sports provide unlimited opportunities for developing human abilities both physical and mental. It is through Sports that one learns to acquire many useful skills required for overall development of a human body. Sports are the greatest factor for developing one’s personality. It is the reason that developed nations around the world always accord top priority to the sports in their national development programs.
Students after going through hectic load of studies in the educational institutions vividly need a healthy outlet to refresh and rejuvenate their energies. Such healthy opportunities are provided to them through sports activities at various levels.”
Mr. Hafeez stated that this is a first step to developing a successful sports culture. Ultimately, he envisions a curriculum where students are required to take up at least one sport over their four years here which is allocated a Pass/Fail credit hour criteria.