IIT Kharagpur is set to collaborate with another institution and this time, in the offbeat field. To encourage happy sportsmanship within the campus of Indian Institute of Technology - IIT Kharagpur, the prestigious institute has collaborated with Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, popularly known as PGBA.
IIT Kharagpur also aims towards researching on the topic of mental well-being of players. The Institute has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pullela Gopichad Badminton Academy on March 30 in a meeting held in Delhi. Prof. Partha Pratim Chakraborty, the director of IIT Kharagpur and Pullela Gopichand, the chief coach of Indian National Badminton Team signed the MoU on behalf of their administrated institutions.
The initiative is being sponsored by SS Rekhi, noted alumni of IIT Kharagpur and a US-based Entrepreneur. He previously funded Gopichand Badminton Academy and Rekhi Centre of Science and Happiness in IIT Kharagpur.
The program of the collaboration is set to start from June 2019 for which, a data-based profile will be built of athletics.
To increase the capability of PGBA players, IIT Kharagpur will develop a program which will be monitoring the happiness level in athletes and its effect on their performance. It will also work to enhance the mental well-being of players.
Prof Chakraborty said that the goal of this programme is to produce happy players through mind related training. He added that happiness is the tip of the iceberg the multi-level platform will have on completion. It will help to create better athletes through research in all fields including badminton.
Gopichand said that physical and mental health goes hand in hand. The motivation that will be converted into mental and physical strength will make the players more capable.
Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu expressed her feelings that the program will help the players immensely. PV Sindhu also teaches in Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy. She said that there are crucial points in a match which require fast decision making and calmness of mind. A player should be trained to control his mind in stressful situations.
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