Gimme SPACE!
  • Petitioned Kapil Sibal

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of HRD, Govt of India
Kapil Sibal
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
Ajay Maken

Gimme SPACE!

    1. Ranjan Kamath
    2. Petition by

      Ranjan Kamath

      Bangalore, India

  Create the holistic citizen and a healthy nation

· Create a talent base built from the grassroots through Kreeda  Gurukuls

·Providing sports and the performance arts and their practitioners’ professional and social credibility.

 Ensure, sustain and increase Olympic medal winning performances by 2024


• Restoring parity within the education system by prioritizing Sports and Performance Arts as valid career options.

·Incorporation of Sports and Performance Arts within the Right   to Education, to create equal opportunity for all.

·Right to Education to all children without an admission process to the  neighbourhood KREEDA GURUKUL

Customising and localizing the curriculum to include local communities and expertise, regional sports and culture.

· Encouraging healthy competition through teamwork, encourage national bonding thus attempting to address and reduce areas of societal friction and conflict.

· Inclusion on Sports and Performance Arts related subjects within the curriculum of institutions of higher learning including IIT, IIM, etc.


 Effective and efficient management of India’s human resourcesin sport and performance arts through training towards sporting excellence and professional career placements.

• Creating career opportunities for all including those that do not achieve international sporting standards through placements in careers in sciences / commerce/ humanities, associated with either sports or performance arts.

• Creating a career pyramid providing continuity through integration of the bottom of the training programme with institutions of higher learning e.g. IIT, IIM’s, medical and law schools etc., by inclusion of subject options with sport and performance arts in their programmes


·Networking Resources: Government and governmental agencies working in partnership with corporates and community agencies integrating infrastructure, Financial, Research and Personnel resources to create a “national ownership” of sports and performance arts training grid.

·Administration: Of Sports Persons, By Sports Persons, For the Indian citizen supported by representatives of government, corporate sector and technocratic expertise.

Tax Incentives available to the corporate sector proportionate to investment in and expenditure on Sports and Performance Arts infrastructure, personnel, training etc.


· Resuscitate the heritage of traditional sports and performing arts in India, which have been marginalized and in decline – as a foundation and platform for Olympic excellence.

· Creating a training regimen organically grown out of traditional and indigenous expertise, in association with scientific research and technologies.

· Establishment of KREEDA GURUKULS : students working with a coach/ guru


· Sports and Performance Arts to be considered as pre-emptive mental and physical healthcare, thus making all health care a positive intervention.

· Cultivation of emotional intelligence (EQ) through sports and the performance arts to ensure improved mental health of the nation presently obsessed with IQ.


· Sports and Performance Arts as determinants of talent and ability, rising above and beyond the divisive criteria of community, caste, class and creed.

· Allocating food grain stocks to provide basic nutrition at the primary level, for children enrolled in training programmes; to serve as an incentive to joining and remaining in the programme.


Recent signatures


    1. Sachin writes to Sibal, wants sports made compulsory in schools

      Ranjan Kamath
      Petition Organizer

      I am sharing the Gimme SPACE project with Sachin Tendulkar so that he may include it in his proposals to Minister Kapil Sibal

      Sachin writes to Sibal, wants sports made compulsory in schools

      Sachin Tendulkar has officially begun his innings as a Rajya Sabha MP by coming up with a detailed plan to promote sports at grassroots level. A report in the Indian Express says that Tendulkar has written his first letter as MP on a matter of national interest.

    2. Designed to Move: A Physical Activity Action Agenda

      Ranjan Kamath
      Petition Organizer

      A new report and spot from Nike reveals that inactive kids will live five fewer years than their parents. Thankfully, there’s a solution: Get your kids moving… now!

      The thorough report, Designed to Move: A Physical Activity Action Agenda, was released last week at the 8th Annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting and outlines the risk factors and the economic costs of childhood inactivity, and provides a framework for combating the problem. It suggests that governments have a significant ability to affect change through innovations in urban planning, and positions physical activity--which is linked to higher test scores in school and greater professional success--as a competitive advantage. More basically, though, the Designed To Move initiative is based on two tasks: create early positive experiences for children, and integrate physical activity into everyday life.

    3. Response to Exposure Paper on Physical Fitness_ Ministry of Sports

      Ranjan Kamath
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Mr Onkar Kedia

      In response to the exposure paper on physical fitness for young children published by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on Aug 30, please find proposals attached encapsulated as the S.P.A.C.E Mission (Sports and Performance Arts Certificate of Education).

      I would like to bring to the Hon Minister Mr Ajay Maken's attention, that the Marks for Fitness initiative while well intentioned, is a futile exercise that both students and educational institutions shall exploit to achieve more marks with little actual improvement in the fitness index. In short, the focus will be more on the marks and less on the fitness!

      In expanding horizons and vision of the exposure paper, the government may use the achievement of sustained success in the international sports arena by 2024 as an objective to be achieved through implementation of the proposals mentioned .

    4. Moon... then Mars... but still no national anthem at Olympics!

      Ranjan Kamath
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings Folks!
      After two weeks of running the petition we have a mere 130 signatures!
      This issue concerns many millions of young Indians who yearn to excel in sports and performance arts but have their passion is destroyed by educators and the education system.
      If we that our affected and traumatised by this present system of education do not come together and press a button to sign, how do we expect to effect change? ... how do we expect the powers that be to know that change needs to be effected?
      Two decades from now we shall celebrate Indian space missions to the Moon ... to Mars ... but the SPACE mission that really matters... to hear the national anthem play repeatedly at the Olympics would remain a pipe dream!
      Now do your duty to your child and to other children... go to neighbours ... fellow students ..colleagues ... seek their signature if only they share a similar conviction.

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gautam Arcot INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      A healthy nation is my belief

      • about 2 years ago

      Comprehensive agenda

    • Viswanathan T.S MUMBAI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Sports and education will help younger generation to grow into a responsible and caring society of the future . I sign this petition with a strong belief that the present government will take action in the right direction.

    • ranga gopalakrishna BANGALORE, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      encourage them young

      • about 2 years ago

      Values & Environment plays a vital role in everybody's life.


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