‘Students deserve extra marks for sports’
‘Students Deserve Extra Marks for Sports’, Syed Farooq Kamal, St Francis College for Women.Says Syed Farooq Kamal, Physical Education teacher at St Francis College for Women and sports coach in Hyderabad.
Says Syed Farooq Kamal, Physical Education teacher at St Francis College for Women and sports coach in Hyderabad. He talks about how aspiring sportspersons should navigate their way in the world of sports.
Tell us about your academics that made you a Physical Education teacher?
I graduated from Nizam College and did my M. Phil from YMCA College (Madras University) in Physical Education. I topped in BPED Entrance Test in Andhra Pradesh. Then I did my diploma course in swimming, basketball and martial arts. Presently pursuing PhD from JJT University, Rajasthan. I have presented papers in national level seminars and written for B-Positive Magazine for fitness.
For how long have you been into sports?
I have been into sports since the time I turned 12. VS Jagannathan, L Rajender and Harinarayan Rao spotted my talent and made me a National Level Player from Marredpally Grounds. Cricketer VVS Laxman and I played for MP Colts. For the last 35 years, I have been into coaching and accompanying coach-cum-manager of Osmania University teams and national level teams for basketball, softball, badminton and tennis teams.
What games do you teach?
I teach fitness training, aqua aerobics, aerobics, basketball, baseball and soft ball and swimming. I taught swimming for 25 years in Secunderabad Club, and worked as a life guard in Osmania University Pool and presently coaching at Apollo Health Centre for Swimming and basketball and aqua aerobics.
What are the awards and achievements you have received?
I was always good in education, got Best Teacher award in baseball and softball in All India Nationals. I got the Best Outgoing Sportsman Award from Nizam College and also got recognition as a national player from YMCA College, Madras. Then won many more awards and medals in various sports fields, also got best upcoming teacher recognition award from St Francis College. The Department of Physical Education - Osmania University appreciated my skills and talent as a coach and manager of OU teams.
What do you have to say about sporting scene in the State, especially in university campuses?
The sports scene in Hyderabad is not as vibrant as it is in Punjab, Delhi, Bangalore, Kerala and Chennai. Those places boast of lots of talent and good infrastructure facilities. In Andhra Pradesh, students do not earn marks when they take part in international and national level competitions whereas marks are awarded in Kerala. I think, currently Andhra and Nagarjuna University only consider their achievements to add extra marks.
What do you feel being a teacher?
I feel proud to be a teacher who can guide, motivate and encourage others to be a good teacher, good coach, good human being because education teaches values and discipline. Being a teacher you need to come down towards children’s age and understand the physiology and body language of the students.
Who are the successful students you have trained?
Ramya took part in softball in international level. Shriya, Tanya, Avanthika Bhargava, Avanthika Maddi and Marika Gabriel and Sadaf Mirza, Ratna Phanindra, Ratna Surendra, Samrat Karan, Shweth Rawla all are national level swimmers whom I have trained in swimming from Secunderabad Club. I have also trained several baseball, softball players besides training them in Judo, martial arts and kick-boxing for national level tournaments.
What is your message for youngsters who aspire to become sportspersons?
Everyone should accept a challenge. A challenge comes to you when you are highly disciplined, committed, confident and dedicated to your sport. It takes you to new heights.