NSNIS, which is also Asia’s largest Sports Institute is housed in the palatial monumental building and
sprawling lawns built by the erstwhile Maharaja of Patiala whose descendants dedicated this complex for
the promotion of sports to the people of India.
This Institute is popularly known as the “Mecca” of Indian Sports and has produced Coaches of high
caliber and significantly contributed in rendering their expertise and assistance in the preparation of the
national teams for various International competitions. Housed in the erstwhile Palace of Maharaja (King)
of Patiala (Punjab), National Institute of Sports, which is now the Academic Wing of the Sports Authority
of India was established by the Government of India on 7th May, 1961 with the objective of developing
sports in the country on Scientific lines and to train the Coaches in different sports disciplines. The
Institute was renamed as Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) on 23rd January, 1973.
The Institute is housed in an area of 268 acres. The Institute has enormous facilities for academic
programmes & sports training and 4 hostels for the comfortable stay of the students, national players and
coaches. The Institute is having 115 rooms which houses the office, library, museum, class rooms & staff
club. One Guest House with lounge & conference hall is situated in the Institutes green belt. Department
of Sports Medicine is providing all medical assistance to the players, students and staff. The sports
training facilities are of international standard comprising of Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, Indoor Halls,
Cycling Velodrome, Squash Courts, Conditioning Units, Hockey Fields (Grass & synthetic), Athletic Track
(Cinder & synthetic) & Out Door Courts. For the recovery of players well maintained Sauna Bath, Steam
Bath and Hydrotherapy facilities are available.
National Institute of Sports is the main academic center of Sports Authority of India. It is running the
following academic courses in various disciplines
M.Sc. (SPORTS COACHING)
(Affiliated with Punjabi University Patiala)
POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN SPORTS MEDICINE
(Affiliated with Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Faridkot and Recognized by MCI)
DIPLOMA IN SPORTS COACHING
(At SAI Centre – Patiala, Bangalore , Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram)
DIPLOMA IN INTEGRATED SPORTS MASSAGE
(At LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram)
CERTIFICATE COURSES IN SPORTS COACHING
SKILL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE COURSES
ADVANCE COURSES FOR IN SERVICE COACHES
REFRESHER COURSE IN SPORTS COACHING
SPORTS MASSAGE COURSE
GROUND MANAGEMENT COURSE
(For Ground Men)
SAI TRAINING CENTRE
The main objectives of this scheme is to nurture junior sports talent scientifically, who had attained
excellence at Sub Junior level and induct them into the STC, for further scientific and in-depth coaching
on a long term basis. In order to build up proficiency of budding sportspersons, SAI Training Center
(STC), under the administrative control of Sports Authority of India, Netaji Subhas National Institute of
Sports, Patiala is running Hostel and Day Boarding Scheme for selected players in following four
Cycling, Fencing, Hockey, and Wushu
For any further Information, Please contact:-
Ph. 0175-2320021 (Office/Boys Hostel), 0175-2218593 (Girls Hostel)
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
In order to build up proficiency of budding outstanding sportspersons for excellence of the International
level, the Sports Authority of India has set up Centers of Excellence at a number of places in the country.
One such Center has been set-up, at the Institute in October 2000. This Center of Excellence operates
as a regular coaching camp, for the best available talent in India, This scheme is designed to provide two
or possible three concurrent layers of highly skilled sports persons, giving a wider choice of talent and
continuity, for selection to the national teams.
Initially, at this center, it was planned to introduce training in six disciplines, but later on, keeping in view
the response of the sportsperson, it was decided to have training in four disciplines of Athletics, Cycling,
Judo and Hockey.
We have appointed highly qualified and experienced coaches exclusively for handling the training of
these outstanding boys and girls.
For any further Information, Please contact:-
Incharge-Center of Excellence
SAI:NS NIS, Patiala, Ph. 0175-2306171
NATIONAL COACHING CAMPS
The second major responsibility of the Institute is the management of National Coaching Camps, for
participation in the International competitions, in various sports, especially the priority disciplines of
Athletics, Boxing, Hockey (Women), Weightlifting & Wrestling. The first priority is the senior national
camps, while the junior national camps are also undertaken. The National Coaching Camps in various
sports disciplines for international competitions at home and overseas are held from time to time at
different venues in the country under the auspices of the national federation concerned and directly
under the supervision of the Sports Authority of India, New Delhi. The training facilities, closer to the
International standard, are provided at our two centers, NIS Patiala, and the High Altitude Training
Center, Shilaroo (H.P). Sports persons attending these camps are provided comfortable stay in the
hostels of the Institute with nutritious food besides training facilities.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports fully meets the financial implications involved in running the
camps, such as:
i. Free Board & Lodging
ii. Training Kit
iii. Competition/Ceremonial Kit
iv. Equipment support
The National Coaching Camps are supervised by the Indian and foreign coaches as and when
recommended by the federation concerned and approved by the Sports Authority of India.
The National Coaching Camps are backed by scientific tests at regular intervals. These tests are carried
out by experienced scientists, mainly from the departments of Sports Medicine, Physiology, Sports
Psychology, Sports Anthropometry, Bio-chemistry and Nutrition in the Faculty of Sports Sciences at the
To know the progress of the national camps, Monitoring Committee meetings are held periodically to
assess the progress of sports persons before their participation in major international competitions.
Representatives of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, IOA, Federations, SAI and Government
observers/experts and national coaches attend such meetings.
To organise the national coaching camps, the federations concerned chalk out yearly calendar for
training/competition in conjunction with SAI/Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and IOA. The yearly
training plan is formulated by National Coaches and GTMT experts. This includes periodisation of training, competitions, performance and fitness targets, conduct of scientific tests/evaluations (Fitness: Medical, Biochemical, Psychological and Physiological).
For such mega events, as the Olympics, Commonwealth games and Asian Games, special Coaching
Camps are held for elite sportspersons and the training closely monitored and performance watched
before the final selection of the Indian contingent.
Old Moti Bagh, Patiala-Punjab -INDIA
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