Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Physical Fitness Mission for State

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State government will soon set up a special purpose vehicle, Kerala Physical Fitness Mission (KPFM), to tackle the problem of poor physical fitness among the people of the State.

A high-level meeting, attended by Education Minister M.A. Baby and Sports Minister M. Vijayakumar, here on Tuesday discussed the formation of the mission and decided to go ahead with the proposal.

The discussion was based on a concept paper prepared by the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs in the wake of poor results returned by tests conducted among nearly 24 lakh students in 6,100 schools during last academic year under the ongoing Total Physical Fitness Programme.

It was also decided to appoint a core committee to study the proposals regarding the scope of the proposed mission, the programmes it should undertake and its funding pattern. The terms of reference would include a study of similar models adopted elsewhere in the world and assessment of the work being done by the hugely successful Kerala State Literacy Mission. The committee would be constituted by the government in the next few days after Mr. Baby and Mr. Vijayakumar consulted their Cabinet colleagues concerned

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