GUWAHATI, Aug 29 - The Cotton University has announced launch of an undergraduate course for sportspersons, the first-of-its-kind programme in the region, from this academic session.
A brainchild of the Vice Chancellor of the university Professor Bhabesh Chandra Goswami, this general bachelor�s degree programme aims to offer the much-needed flexibility to outstanding sportspersons of the region to pursue their studies along with their sporting careers.
�Under this course, meritorious sportspersons from the region will be able to continue higher education at Cotton University along with their sporting careers. It will follow a mentorship model with enough flexibility which will be conducted by the mentors with convenient scheduling of interactions with students,� said Prof Goswami.
The BA course attempts to cater to the needs of a sportsperson. With flexibility being the key, it has been designed in a way that would later enable a student to pursue a master�s degree in any of the desired subjects opted as a special paper during the undergraduate course.
�The eligibility criterion is 10+2 qualified or equivalent from a recognised Board or Council with proficiency in sports. The applicant must have represented the national team at international events or secured one of the first three positions at national level competitions organised by the respective federation in any SAI recognised sports events. In case of cricket, being a member of the national team (Junior or Senior) selected by BCCI will be considered,� added Academic Registrar of the university Dr Sanjay Dutta.
The course will comprise 120 total credits with 20 credits each spanning over six semesters. The minimum duration of the programme is three years. However, an enrolled student will have the flexibility to stretch his or her studies up to six years for successful completion of the course.