Traditionally, academic improvement of students has been deemed as the primary responsibility of higher educational institutes such as colleges / universities. However, if we talk about holistic development of students, it includes development of both a healthy mind which is good at academics as well as a healthy body which is strong enough to keep up with the rigorous work schedules that students and professionals have to deal with.
If academics teach us technical knowledge of science, environment and government etc, sports make us active and healthier, while teaching a lot of personality traits like leadership and team spirit. Sports make the mind healthier while actively making the body fitter. Reading and writing involve mental strain. The mind then hungers for relief. In such cases regular participation in outdoor games keeps the body fit and at the same time helps students develop qualities that cannot be taught in a classroom.
Understanding the importance of holistic development in the life of students, Mathura's GLA University firmly believes in the saying, ‘In a healthy body resides a healthy mind’. Sports activates at the college witness active participation from students as well as faculty, staff members, all of whom inspire each other to be healthy. Various sports events are organized in the university round-the-year and national-level players serve as coaches for various sports.
Each sport has got dedicated staff and amenities. The events which are earmarked for sports dot the academic calendar of the university be it national level, inter college, inter school or other inter and intra departmental activities.
The GLA University has made sure that sports culture is as much a part of a student's life as is academic pursuits. Students are encouraged to participate in activities so that they could hone their sportsmanship as well as develop the spirit with which game is ought to be played.
They represent GLA University in tournaments happening across the country. The sports department of the university is committed towards making the students physically and mentally strong so that they are not only great professional but also possesses a sound physique so that they can ace all the competitions in life!
Fitness facilities at the campus
The GLA University campus has gyms and fitness centres in both girls and boys hostels so that they can use them to stay healthy. Equipments like treadmill, exercise bikes and other latest health-oriented tools are at the disposal and benefit of the staff members as well.
The power of Yoga is not hidden from anyone and it is for the same reason that regular Yoga sessions are organized at GLA Campus. The power of meditation and exercises which have proven their effectiveness are taught and practiced during these sessions.
The sports department at GLA University, Mathura - makes sure that all the latest and top-of-the-line sports and exercise equipment are made available to those having interest in the various sports-related activities as offered by the university. These equipments are all of top-notch quality and bear the same standards as those offered by the professional athletes. Special requests from students for additions in the repertoire of sports-related goods and they are addressed by the university from time to time.
Not to mention, a sportsperson needs sprawling grounds for practice and the verdant surroundings at GLA University provide them just the same.
Sporting Events @ GLA University, Mathura
The sports department organizes events round the year be it national level, state level, inter-collegiate level, inter-departmental level, intra-departmental level as well as hall of residence level. The list of the events organized by the sports department of the university is:
- MAITREE (National Annual Sports Meet)
- AAGAAZ (Intra-college Sports Meet)
- SRIJAN (National Inter-school Sports Meet)
- GLA IPL (GLA Cricket Championship)
- Annual Volleyball, Football, Badminton, Basketball, Chess tournaments.
Apart from being an institution with excellent faculty and facilities for education, it's GLA's primary motive to ensure all-round development of its students and sports activities help it achieve the same.