A special programme was conducted on Monday for starting an MoU signed between the Assam Rifles and Bhaichung Bhutia Football School. It was jointly inaugurated by lieutenant general Pradeep Chandran and eminent footballer Bhaichung Bhutia.
The MoU was signed between Assam Rifles Public School, Laitkor, Shillong and Sports Authority of India (SAI) on January 1, 2021 as part of Khelo India Programme, IGAR stated in a release.
It stated that the inauguration of the school and formal release of the MoU was done by then Union Sports Mnister Kiren Rijiju and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on January 4, 2021.
The AR is using education and sports as tools to guide the youth of the Northeast to build a better future, it said, adding Northeast India, being a true power house of sports, has produced notable sportsmen including Olympic medallists in the past.
Stating that the talent of the local youths towards football is the way forward for the future of Indian football, the release stated that the unique initiation of the AR for the residential school will thereby not only push Northeast youth towards sports but will also boost the future of Indian football.