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Introduction
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Department of Youth Services & Sports came into being in the year 1973 . The Department has over a period of time brought under its cover a wide spectrum of activities like organizing Domestic & National level competitions in various games and sports for school children, conducting Physical Education activities like Mass Physical Display in various schools, promoting adventure sports, promoting talented school children in extra curricular activities like dance & drama, organizing Youth and Cultural Festivals across the State and outside, promoting Scouts & Guides activities besides providing opportunities to school children for participation and excellence in various sports activities. The Department caters to the personality development aspect of school children through Physical Education Teachers and Masters lecturers posted in different schools which are being supervised by District Officers at District Level ,Deputy Directors at provisional levels and recently created zonal officers at zonal level, besides encouraging the youth in various social activities at the State and National level. The Department also administratively controls the functioning of the only Government College of Physical Education at Ganderbal, Kashmir which is affiliated to Kashmir University and runs graduation/ post graduation course in Physical Education.