Punjabi University, Patiala has started a one-year diploma course in Gatka, the traditional Sikh martial art, from the current academic year to promote the customary practices in Punjab.
The University has signed a MoU with the World Gatka Federation (WGF) to start this Diploma Course in Gatka.
The course has been allotted 25 seats, revealed the President of Gatka Federation of India (GFI), affiliated to WGF, on 20 October 2013.
During the course, the students would be imparted education in various Gatka forms, fighting techniques, scientific and therapeutic aspects including soft skills, professional ethics and event management tactics.
Designed by the sports science department and WGF, the curriculum of the course includes practical training and thesis writing on a specific Gatka aspect.
By offering such academic course, the GFI tries to produce sizable world class trained community of professional Gatka sports persons, coaches and teachers. It intends to preserve and promote this age old traditional martial art as a recognized sport at national and international level.
The contents in this diploma course comprise origins and history of Gatka, its significance, sports science, nutrition, anatomy, psychology and philosophy of the martial art.