India’s First Sports Fund
Providing encouragement and support to sports and sportspersons has been a long standing tradition at Jain University. Continuing this trend, Jain University and the JGI Group launched one of its kind of sports fund, Prayas. It has been instituted with an initial corpus fund of Rs. 5 crore and will support budding national sportspersons. The unique feature of the fund is that it is meant to meet cover a plethora of expenses towards different kinds of requirements of sportspersons who are emerging on the scene.
Jain University Emerges as the Overall Champions at National Sports Meet
Keeping the winning streak alive, the team from Jain University once again displayed their prowess in swimming by bagging the Overall Championship Trophy at the All India Inter-University Aquatic Championship held at the Punjab University in Chandigarh. Scoring a total of 103 points aided by its talented swimmers, the University team broke several of the previously held records at the meet. Among the women, Meenakshi V.K.R won four gold and two bronze medals, Damini K. Gowda bagged one gold and six silver medals and Shruthi Mahalingam added to the glory by bagging one gold, two silver and one bronze medal. The men blazed their own success story with Prithvi M. adding one gold, one silver and three bronze medals while Rakshith Shetty brought two gold, one silver and three bronze. Andrew Rajan and Chandru P. each added gold and a bronze, and two gold and bronze, respectively to the haul.
Women’s Badminton Team Bring Home Glory
The South Zone Inter-University Badminton Championship for Women held at the Sir C.R. Reddy Engineering College in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh witnessed participation by about 70 universities where the women from Jain University emerged winners. The team beat Andhra University in the finals with scores: Apeksha Nayak bt Lakshmi 21-14, 21-12 and Doubles- Reshma Karthik & Shikha Gautam bt Lakshmi and Divya 21-17, 21-16.
Eklavya Award for JU Student
Damini K. Gowda was awarded the prestigious Eklavaya Award for exemplary performance in swimming. The award has been instituted by the Government of Karnataka to honour and encourage outstanding sportspersons from different fields of sports. The 18 year old swimmer has several medals to her name and became a favourite at the last year’s South Asian Games held in Guwahati by winning four gold medals. She started swimming at the age of seven and never stopped. Her first meet was in Neyveli, Tamil Nadu in 2006. It gave her the first taste of competitive sport and she has never looked back since then.