National Sports Talent Contest, (NSTC) Scheme is being implemented to scout sports talent in the age group of 8-14 years from schools and nurture them into future medal hopes by providing scientific training.

Under the Scheme, schools having good sports infrastructure and record of creditable sports performances are adopted by SAI. The Scheme enables the budding sportsperson to study and play in the same school. In addition to the main scheme of NSTC (launched 1985) wherein regular schools are adopted, a few distinct sub-schemes were launched to further reach out to sports talent in India, even those participating in indigenous sports and games.
(a) These sub-schemes of NSTC include:
• Akharas (2003)

  • Disciplines covered under the NSTC:
    1. schools - Athletics, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Swimming Table Tennis, Volleyball & Wrestling (11 Disciplines).
    2. Akharas – Wrestling (1 Discipline)
  • NS NIS trained coaches are provided to adopted schools & akhara.
    1. For Regular schools/ Akharas - Trainees, who are medal winners in State/National Level Competitions are automatically admitted into the Scheme, subject, to their being found medically fit. Trainees who are medal winners at District Level Competition or have participation in State Level Competitions are admitted subject to their being found fit medically and physically and also have the required potential which is assessed by battery of tests.
    2. For selection from the remote, tribal & coastal areas, the trainees are also selected through competitions organized for the purpose. Selection is done by a Selection Committee consisting of representatives of SAI, School/Akhara, SAI coaches, Sports Scientists etc. The sports persons identified on this basis are offered admission after age verification, medical examination and on found suitable by applying battery of tests.
    Presently under the Scheme, selected trainees are admitted on non-residential basis. However as an exceptional case the trainees have been admitted in two schools on a residential basis and they are provided boarding & lodging facilities instead of stipend.

      SN Particulars Amount (Rupees)
      1 Sports Kit (per annum per trainee) 2000.00
      2 Insurance (per annum per trainee) 150.00
      3 Competition exposure (per annum per trainee) 2000.00
      4 Stipend for 10 months (per head per annum) 3000.00
      5 Annual grant to the school for purchase of sports equipment (per annum) 20000.00

    2. AKHARAS

      SN Particulars Amount
      1 Stipend (per trainee per month) 1000.00
      2 Accidental insurance (per annum per trainee) 150.00
      3 Competition Exposure per annum inmate (maxi. 20 trainees) 3000.00
      4 Sports Kit (per annum per inmate) 3000.00

      a) The adopted Akharas in addition to the service of experienced coaches is also provided one set of Wrestling Mat and /or Multi-Gym.

    At present there are 1 Regular adopted schools,2 extension centers. 3 Akharas adopted. There are a total No. of 58 trainees under the NSTC Scheme. SCHOOL ADOPTED UNDER NSTC IN Madhya PRADESH
    - Govt. M.L.B. Girls Hr. Sec. School, Jabalpur(M.P)

    - Deshwali Samaj Vyayamshala, Samiti-124, Kailua Inkpot Ankapat Marg-Ujjain-MP
    - Shri Achutanand Guru Vyayamshala, Ram Ghat-Ujjain-MP
    - Shri Bindaguru Vyayamshala, Sakal Panch Ram Madir Trust-Badi Gwal Toli-Indore-MP