The Directorate of Physical Education & Sports was established in 1948 with an avowed objective of promoting sports culture among the youth for overall development of the personality. The sports events being organized under the auspices of Directorate at a state and National level will go a long way in promoting cultural integration amongst the people belonging to different geographical settings and socio-economic background besides helping Sports Tourism in Kashmir. Blessed with temperate and salubrious climate, lush green forests, plenty of water bodies, snow- clawed terraces underneath of Mountains etc., will always prove conducive for the promotion of sports activities in the valley and indeed help Youth to grow physically and mentally.
The Directorate has hosted scores of Inter- University Tournaments in various sports at Zonal and National Level. The University has the honor of introducing three new sporting events i,e Kayaking, Canoeing and Baseball in All India Inter-University Tournaments. The Directorate is regularly conducting Water Skiing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Surfing, Sailing, Dragon boating, Long distance Swimming and Aqua-parasailing etc. A good number of talented players earned a name and brought laurels to the University especially in International Winter Sports Championships. Besides regular sports, the Directorate has setup an adventure sports- unit which undertakes sports like Snow Skiing, Mountaineering, White Water Sports, Aero-Sports, Mountain Biking, and Trekking etc. Training and coaching camps are conducted regularly for the student’s perusing different academic courses at College and University level. For providing the accommodation to the players/athletes the Directorate has raised a huge sports/youth hostel at the main University campus which has the capacity of accommodating 200 officials/players at a time. With the construction of hostel we are able to conduct more sporting events at local, Zonal and All India Level.
The University has number of Cricket, Hockey, Football, Volleyball, Handball, Baseball, Lawn -Tennis and Basketball courts/fields within the main campus. The Health club/Gym has been set up with latest and sophisticated machinery pertaining to cardio and weight-training and is likely to be commissioned.
Keeping in view the growing demand, the Directorate started Master’s Course in Physical Education a few years back. The passes out of three batches have already sought their jobs particularly in the Department of Youth Services & Sports. The Directorate intends to start M.Phil/Ph.D courses in the near future.