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National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS)-2015

Launched: ‎20 February 2015

Main Objective: To Identify sporting talent among students in the age group of 8–12 years.

The scheme is being implemented by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for spotting talented young children in the age group of 8-14 years from schools and nurturing them by providing scientific training.




                         1. National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC) is being implemented to find sports talent in the age group of 8–14 years from schools and nurture them into future medal hopes by providing then proper scientific training.

                          2. Under the Scheme, schools having good sports infrastructure and record of creditable sports performances are adopted by the Sports Authority of India. The Scheme enables rising sportsperson to study and play in the same school. In addition to the main scheme of NSTC (launched 1985) wherein regular schools are adopted, a few distinct sub-schemes were launched to further reach out to sports talent in India, even those participating in indigenous sports and games.