With an aim to bring the youth of Jammu and Kashmir into the mainstream, the Centre has joined hands with Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala, to conduct a special certificate course in sports coaching for the state’s sportspersons. These sportspersons have been divided into three batches of 60 each, including players, coaches and physical education teachers. The group will undergo eight-week training to sharpen their coaching skills so that they can help their state produce quality players. Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who was in the city to attend the inaugural function of the Special Certificate Course for Sportspersons from Jammu and Kashmir, organised under the Prime Minister’s Special Package, said the Centre will spend Rs 200 crore for constructing 24 new stadiums in the trouble-torn state. “Moreover, they will be provided specialised sports coaching in order to ensure more participation from J&K at the international level,” he said.Goel said world-class stadiums were being constructed in both Kashmir and Jammu regions and to ensure that sportspersons from the state, who were forced to train in different sports centres for lack of facilities, could train in their own state. He said apart from the two top class facilities, 10 small stadiums each will be constructed in Jammu and Kashmir valley to provide youth the necessary facilities at their doorsteps. Ladakh region will also get two stadiums, Goel said. These stadiums will be prepared at a cost of Rs 4 crore each, the minister said, adding that the Government of India was fully committed to promote sports culture in the country the initiative will help in churning out top class players from J& K. Goel, meanwhile, said the Centre was also mulling a National Sports University in Manipur and a Paralympics Centre at Hyderabad.The minister, on the occasion, also distributed sports kits among the participants of the course and released the copies of syllabus in Hindi for 26 sports disciplines. He also unveiled a bust of Late Major Laishram Jyotin Singh at the Sports Science Centre.