KIRTI Programme

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Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports inaugurated the unique Khelo India Rising Talent Identification (KIRTI) programme amidst much enthusiasm at the Sector 7 sports complex, in Chandigarh

About KIRTI Programme

  • It is aimed at school children between nine and 18 years age group.
  • The nation-wide scheme will have two main objectives:
    • To hunt talent from every nook and corner of the country and
    • To use sports as a tool to curb addiction towards drugs and other gadgetry distractions.
  • KIRTI aims to conduct 20 lakh assessments across the country throughout the year to identify talent through notified Talent Assessment Centres.
  • It wants to reach out to every block in the country and connect with those kids who want to play a sport but don’t know how.
  • KIRTI made a solid launch across 50 centres in India. Fifty thousand applicants are being assessed in the first phase across 10 sports, including athletics, boxing, wrestling, hockey, football and wrestling.
  • KIRTI’s athlete-centric programme is conspicuous by its transparent selection methodology based on Information Technology.
  • Data analytics based on Artificial Intelligence is being used to predict the sporting acumen in an aspiring athlete.

What is the Khelo India Scheme?

  • It is the flagship Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
  • The Khelo India Mission aims at infusing sports culture and achieving sporting excellence in the country thus allowing the populace to harness the power of sports through its cross-cutting influence.
  • Under the “Sports Competitions and Talent Development” vertical of the Khelo India Scheme, the “Talent Identification and Development” component is dedicated to working towards the identification and development of athletes at the grassroots and elite levels to develop the sports ecosystem in the country.

Q1) What are the Khelo India Para Games? 

These are an annual sports event under the Khelo India initiative for disabled athletes.

Source: Khelo India Rising Talent Identification will take sports to the doorstep of aspiring champions: Anurag Singh Thakur