Marwadi University (MU) students, shone brightly at the recently concluded Khel Mahakumbh 2022, as Rabiya Basathiya, a 1st year BCA student won Silver in 100m athletics and long jump; while Ruchita Sagathiya and Srushti Mehta won Gold in Karate across different weight categories respectively. The MU volleyball team also brought home Gold. Among other recent sports achievements, Jigar Thakkar, a fourth-sem MBA student at MU, combatting cerebral palsy, recently won gold at the 21st National Para-Swimming Championship in Udaipur.
This comes at a time when, in addition to the pursuit of an excellent track record in academics, placements, research and innovation, MU has also committed to nurturing future athletes across all sporting categories. The University also aims to promote an active lifestyle via tournament participation and physical training. Till date more than INR 8 Cr has been invested with a plan to build a strong sporting ecosystem to complement academics. Significant investments are underway to expand the indoor sports facility and an additional football ground with night lighting and stadium style seating, in addition to a 4-acre sports complex with a lakeside athletics track.
Marwadi University Provost, Prof. (Dr) Sandeep Sancheti, added that, “Sports has always been an integral part of holistic learning that MU provides its students in order to deliver better quality of education. Since its inception, we have made significant investments and will continue to do so in order to facilitate excellent sporting performance. The Infrastructure encourages our students to pursue their interests in this field and brings them closer to discovering their true potential.
The University has also recently signed up with ace cricketer from Saurashtra, Ravindra Jadeja, to boost youth connect and promote an active lifestyle. Research suggests that exercise and academic success have a direct, positive correlation. Just a 10-minute, one-time burst of physical activity can measurably boost brainpower. Another study has found correlations between regular exercise and the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for verbal memory. These findings form part of the foundation for developing a holistic student development process at MU.
On-campus sports equipment and facilities as well as a School of Yoga are part of the vibrant sports culture at MU, supporting everything from mountaineering to meditation. There is also a full-fledged fitness club with dedicated trainers focusing on personalized programs. A sedentary lifestyle, on the other hand, negatively impacts academic performance and optimum brain function. To the dismay of many, this lifestyle amongst the youth is on the rise with increased smartphone usage. Sports Head, Marwadi University, Dr. Rajesh Patel, added that, “To combat these effects, we encourage students to participate in competitive and non-competitive sports, at various district and national level intra- and inter-college tournaments. Cricket, hockey, soccer, volleyball, badminton, tennis, table tennis, athletics, shot-put, javelin, discus, football, chess, and carom, are some of the sports promoted by us.” MU also supports indigenous sports such as Kho Kho and Kabaddi.