Awashes Subba and Shantanu Sarkar
The study aimed to find out the role of educational Institutions with special reference to Nimpith Sri Ramkrishna Ashram in promoting sports and sportspersons. For the present study, 196 participants comprising teachers and students were selected from high & higher secondary schools under Sri Ramakrishna Ashram. The group administration of the questionnaire, field observation and interactions with teachers and students were used as data collection techniques. A descriptive statistic such as percentage analysis was used for analysing the data. In addition, data collected from field observation and interactions were also used for analysis. The study found that Sri Ramakrishna Ashram embodies beliefs and ideas (ideologies) that promote sports and sportspersons. The Ashram's head, teachers and students have an appropriate attitude towards sports, and the Ashram exercises affirmative actions that help promote sports and sportspersons. It was also found that the Ashram has produced nearly 41 elite-level sportspersons with regional and national reputations. Given the congenial ideologies, affirmative actions, appropriate attitudes and motivation towards the development of sports and sportspersons, the Sri Ramakrishna Ashram Nimpith set itself as an example of how an educational institution, in its own capacity, can nurture rural talents and can produce elite athletes from rural India.
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