FIFA-CIES Partners with Mumbai based Pillai Group to conduct Sports Summit on the theme “Sport and the Development of a Nation”
Recently partnered to conduct South Asiaâ€™s First Sports Management Program under â€˜FIFA/CIESâ€™ Â University Network.
Mahatma Education Societyâ€™s Pillai Group of Institutions, a Mumbai based Trust that manages over 48 educational institutions in Maharashtra, organized a FIFA/CIES/PILLAI Sports Summit on the theme â€œSport and the Development of a Nationâ€�. The Summit was inaugurated by Chief Guest PadmashriÂ Shiny Wilson (4 time Olympian and Asian Games Gold Medalist).
The objective of the sports summit was to deliberate on the challenges and opportunities offered by the sports industry for the development of our Nation. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Wilson emphasized on the need for strengthening sports at the grassroots level by instilling a sporting culture among our youth. She mentioned the role played by initiatives such as Khelo India that have given the right impetus in this direction. The Guest of Honour, Mr Kuldeep Vats, Vice-President, Indian Olympics Association & President, Delhi Olympics Association, felt that the increased level of participation in different sports at the Olympics and the improved sporting ecosystem in the country point to a bright future for the sports industry in India. The inaugural session also witnessed the release of the brochure of the prestigious PILLAI/FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Chairman, Pillai Group of Institutions spoke about the crucial role played by sports in the development of nations worldwide, noting that it is no different in India. He said â€˜Our partnership with FIFA/CIES has come at a crucial time where our country is all set to take its sports ecosystem towards a new direction. We are proud that our alumni include nationally and internationally known athletes who have participated at the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, Indian Premier League (IPL) and Indian Super League (ISL). We are convinced that being part of the FIFA/CIES University Network will allow us to become a leader in the field of sport management in South Asia. This program will enable the Pillai Group to nurture and develop skilled sport managers at the level of federations, clubs, small sports associations, government, corporates and local sports entities.â€�
At the inaugural session, Prof. Pierre Lanfranchi, Scientific Coordinator at CIES, Switzerland, emphasized the need for such training in sports organizations in the Indian subcontinent. â€œThe Indian sub-continent is witnessing an increasing demand for sports management professionals in recent times. At CIES, we developed the FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management with the objective of equipping such professionals involved in the various sporting federations, associations and clubs with the necessary management tools while taking into account the specificities and realities of the local environment. It is a pleasure to associate with the Pillai Group of Institutions in launching this Programme in the Indian sub-continent. We will be able to leverage their expertise in management education as well as their contribution to sports in our endeavour to develop sports management professionals primarily for this geographic areaâ€�.
The inaugural session was followed by two panel discussions on â€œKhelo India and its impact on sports development in Indiaâ€� and â€œBeyond Playing: Careers in Sportsâ€�. The panelists were prominent personalities in the realm of sports who deliberated on the respective topics from the perspective of sports as a vehicle for development. The speakers in one voice felt that the heightened level of interest in different sports in India and the increase in media participation fueled by enormous consumer demand are positive signals for the sector. Â Programmes such as these fulfill the demand for well-trained individuals in sport related fields and create employment in a multitude of professional settings especially as sports managers, directors, promoters, marketers and administrators.
While concluding the event, Mr. Franav Pillai, Director of the PILLAI/FIFA/CIES Executive Programme added enthusiastically, â€œThis prestigious collaboration with FIFA/CIES University Network, offers scope for a two-way transfer of competencies and sharing of best practices. It is a matter of pride for us to be associated with FIFA/CIES that enables us to significantly enhance our contribution to sports developmentâ€�.
The first edition of the PILLAI/FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management will commence Â in September 2019.
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Source: Matchday Frolics