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ARPS Laitkor to be converted into NE’s first sports school

ARPS Laitkor to be converted into NE’s first sports school
Main school block of Assam Rifles Public School Laitkor.
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 28 | Publish Date: 12/28/2020 12:31:51 PM IST

The Assam Rifles Public School (ARPS) at Laitkor Meghalaya, established in 1980, would be converted into a sports school – one of the few such schools around the country and first in the North Eastern States.

Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force in the world with its headquarters in the Meghalaya capital, runs 42 ARPSs across the region. These schools provide education to children of its soldiers and also the local population. Over the years all ARPSs have made substantial contribution in providing quality education for upliftment of the region. 

The ‘Sports School’, which will be inaugurated on January 4, 2021, will be known as ARPS (Sports), Laitkor having 50 boys and 50 girls students selected and trained by Sports Authority of India (SAI). It will have facilities for training in three streams of athletics, archery and fencing. 

“The Assam Rifles and SAI are signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for initially inducting 100 students with proven/potential talent in athletics, archery and fencing. All expenditure on academics and training of the students will be sponsored by SAI under the ‘Khelo India’ scheme of the Government of India,” a Assam Rifles official informed.

DG Assam Rifles, Lt. Gen. Sukhdeep Sangwan has been instrumental in conversion of ARPS Laitkor to a Sports School on the line of Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai Sonipat, Haryana,” the official added. 

Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijiju was involved in this initiative of Assam Rifles since beginning and will be inaugurating the ARPS (Sports), Laitkor, the official said.

The school was founded by the then ‘philanthropist and visionary’ Director General of Assam Rifles, Lt. Gen. Sushil Kumar in 1980 in order to give quality education to the deserving children of Assam Rifles personnel besides civilian students and those from BPL categories.

This CBSE affiliated school, run by the Assam Rifles Public School Society, in 2016 decided to close down the school citing reasons like inability of the management to pay salaries of staff etc.

It may be recalled that the school alumni, including those from Nagaland and others, in 2016 petitioned to the Centre to save the school from being shut down.

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