New Delhi, 02 August 2023: In a significant development for the education landscape in India, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in India signed an MoU with Sports, Physical Education, Fitness and Leisure Skills Council (SPEFL) to integrate sports and physical education as a skill in schools across India. The landmark MoU was signed on Sunday, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the National Education Policy 2020 in the presence of Smt. Annapurna Devi Yadava, Minister of State for Education, Govt of India, Smt. Nidhi Chibber, Chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education, and Dr. Biswajit Saha, Director (Training & Skill Education), Central Board of Secondary Education. 
Speaking on the MoU, Chief Executive Officer, Tahsin Zahid said, “We extend our gratitude to CBSE for this landmark collaboration with SPEFL. The integration of sports and physical education as a skill in schools will surely leave a lasting impact on empowering the youth of India. This initiative opens doors to a world of opportunities, where children can develop not just academically, but also physically, mentally, and emotionally. Through sports, teamwork, fitness, discipline and several such values can be developed at a young age. At SPEFL, we believe in nurturing a generation that is well-equipped with an assortment of skills.”
By integrating sports and physical education as a core skill in schools, the initiative promises to enhance students’ holistic growth, promoting a well-rounded and comprehensive education. The inclusion of sports will foster essential life skills such as teamwork, discipline, and resilience, while physical activities will contribute to overall fitness and well-being.
Skill based education will boost their capacity to adapt, learn, and excel across various fields. The initiative empowers children with a diverse skill set, strengthening their prospects and contributing to their overall success.

Sports, Physical Education, Fitness and Leisure Skills Council (SPEFL-SC) is an autonomous industry led body, a not-for-profit organisation, promoted by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and FICCI.

The council within their sector and sub-sectors is responsible to create Occupational Standards and Qualification packs, develop competency framework, conduct Train the Trainer Programs, conduct skill gap studies and Assess and Certify trainees on the curriculum aligned to National Occupational Standards developed by them.


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