Australia based Griffith University in partnership with Padmashree Dr D Y Patil University based in Navi Mumbai, launched the first ever Bachelor of Exercise Science Program in India and the Border – Gavaskar Scholarship
— Australia based Griffith University in partnership with Padmashree Dr D Y Patil University based in Navi Mumbai, launched the first ever Bachelor of Exercise Science Program in India and the Border – Gavaskar Scholarship on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at Navi Mumbai.
Griffith University is Australia’s ninth largest higher education institution with five campuses spanning three cities. Ranked amongst the top 4% of universities worldwide, Griffiths University is home to over 38,000 students including 9,000 international students from 125 countries.
Padmashree Dr D Y Patil University is a deemed University. Founded in 2003 by Padmashree Dr D Y Patil, a philanthropist, social worker and educationist with interests in education and health care, The university focuses on health care and business and consists of Medical College, Dental College, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Institute, College of Physiotherapy, Institute of Optometry & Visual Sciences, College of Nursing, and the Global Business School & Research Centre. The University also houses a Sports Academy on campus in Navi Mumbai, including the D Y Patil Cricket Stadium.
First Ever Program in India
The Bachelor of Exercise Science Program is the first ever program on Exercise Science to be launched in India. Targeted at students interested in a career related to sports, the 3½ year program is spread between academic stints in the Padmashree Dr D Y Patil University [Padmashree DDYPU] and Griffith University.
The first phase of the program comprising of 1 ½ years of academic program and 6 months internship will be delivered in the Padmashree DDYPU campus leading to a Diploma of Exercise Science and the second phase of the program spanning two years will be delivered in the Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science
Students passing out of higher secondary school (10+2 Science Stream) are eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Exercise Science Program.
The program addresses skill sets gaps in the industry. There is a shortage of skilled professionals in sports conditioning, injury prevention and sports-specific training in India. The Exercise Science Program aims to develop exercise specialists and clinical scientists specialising in cardiac, respiratory and biomechanical disciplines. This program will provide opportunities for graduating students to work in India and in international markets, providing broad career opportunities to specialise in key functional areas & positions as
- Clinical specialist in cardiac and respiratory medicine
- Exercise specialist for community or sports organisations
- Sports coaching
- Rehabilitation, sports or recreation manager
- Sports science administrator
- Specialist in occupational health & safety
- Fitness specialist
Griffith University is offering a tuition fee waiver for 1 student amongst every 10 students that are participating in the 2nd phase of the program in the Griffith University’s campus leading to the degree.
According to Mr Christopher Madden, Pro Vice Chancellor, International, Griffith University, “There are more than 700 students from India enrolled at Griffith University at any given time and India is one of the top three source international student destinations for Griffith University. India is a vital market for academic engagement for Griffith University and we are very pleased to enter into a strategic tie up with Padmashree Dr D Y Patil University for joint delivery of programs & collaborative research. We also intend to set up a world class sports testing and rehabilitation facility in the Padmashree DDYPU campus. Our partnership with Padmashree DDYPU has been forged as a result of a sharing of vision of Padmashree DDYPU and Griffith University”
“The Bachelor of Exercise Science Transfer Program will provide a strong foundation in the physical, bio-medical and physiological sciences for students to become exercise specialists, or to undertake further studies in health education and sporting-related professions. As a pioneer in fostering relations between Australia and India, Griffith University will deliver a world class program in Exercise Science“, said Mr Madden
Speaking about the program, Dr Vijay D Patil, President, Padmashree Dr D Y Patil Sports Academy said, “The future of sports as a career is changing in India. Students who have the potential and inclination for pursuing a career in sports medicine now have an opportunity of graduating with a degree program in exercise science which is being introduced for the first time in India. This Program will give our students access to some of the best facilities in sports and sport science in Australia and India. We are building on synergies arising out of Padmashree DDYPU’s commitment to sports and world class infrastructure and Griffith University’s expertise in world class education, especially in the area of exercise science and sports medicine”.
Border – Gavaskar Scholarship
The second Griffith University Border-Gavaskar Scholarship was launched at the function today. The scholarship will be awarded to an Indian student to complete a Masters by coursework program at Griffith University. The scholarship covers university fees, living costs and travel expenses for the duration of the program. The recipient will commence the program in July 2010. The Border Gavaskar Masters Scholarship is awarded on each occasion that Australia and India play for the coveted Border Gavaskar Trophy
Speaking about the scholarship, Mr Rahul Mankad, Regional Director – South Asia & Middle East, Griffith International, Griffith University said, “The scholarship was started to celebrate the cricketing spirit shared by the two nations, Australia and India. The scholarship honours two great cricketers who served their countries through sporting excellence with distinction and pride. Both Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar were keen that it would not be offered as a sports scholarship but they decided on academic merit. So, a student opting for any course will be considered but the one with the best academic results will win it“.
Future plans of Griffith University and Padmashree DDYPU includes establishing of an “International Sport Centre of Excellence” at Padmashree DDYPU that includes a world class sports testing and rehabilitation facility
Source: Press release distribution via India PRwire
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