Institute of Sports Science & Technology: Blending Sports, Fitness and Education into a Dynamic Team
Dr. Vipul Lunawat | Institute of Sports Science and Technology | The Knowledge Review

The mission of the institute is to reach out to those individuals interested in making a career in sports/fitness industry and provide them professional guidance through our various courses and services.

Institute of Sports Science and Technology is one of the leading autonomous sports and fitness education institutes in India, established in 2009. It was launched with an aim to provide a scientific approach to sports and fitness education giving utmost guidance to aspirants interested in making a career in the sports industry. It builds a strong foundation for those who wish to be actively involved in the sports industry.

In this new era, modern sport is in urgent need of highly competent, well trained and experienced sports administrators and allied support staff who will manage all aspects of sport efficiently. The institute has been in the industry over a decade, providing various professional courses in sports education through its distance education as well as classroom program models.

Through the amazing industry connect, internship projects and professional placement guidance, the students are exposed to the best possible opportunities regarding work with the leading sports companies and organizations in the country.

ISST has a ‘Student Accreditation’ certification from the International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA), Chicago, USA for all of its courses. The ISPA certification is an internationally recognized credential.

It has been a strong organization with long term goals to develop sports education to the best standard in India which will eventually create better athletes, sports managers and allied support staff. The faculty is amongst the best and provides top class education to its students.

A Snippet of Collaborations and Associations

The institute’s collaborations and associations are commendable as it brings immense opportunities and exposures for its students. To name a few associations are Brightline Cricket academy – Dubai, Shaker Hamdard Sports Management Services – Afghanistan, Lifeline Psychologies – Srilanka, S L Kirloskar Centre for Executive Education, Pune, India, and Kaveri group of institutes, Pune, India. It is a member of United Health and Fitness Federation, UHFF and has bagged many honors under its name and one of them is the prestigious PEFI Award.

The Resourceful Personalities

Institute of Sports Science and Technology is the brainchild of like-minded and passionate personalities, who have taken the institute to new heights. Dr. P.C. Shejwalkar, senior educationist, management expert and Professor Emeritus of Commerce and Management Sciences, Ujwala Lunawat, a National Gold medalist in basketball, Former Member of Maharashtra state sports council and Dr. Vipul Lunawat are the founders of ISST.

The ISST Chairperson, Ujwala Lunawat has been the key person behind the success of ISST. Being a National Gold Medalist in Basketball, she is thoroughly passionate. With her meticulous work ethical approach, she has successfully won the Rajiv Gandhi Award for developing sports infrastructure in Pune and become the Former Member of Maharashtra state sports council, Maharashtra Rajya Krida Parishad (Maharashtra State Sports Council).

The ISST Director, Dr. Vipul Lunawat is the driving force of the institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Sports Management and has Level 02 coaching certification from Australian Ice Racing (AIR) in Short Track Speed Ice skating, certified by Olympic Solidarity program. He is the Winner of Physical Education Foundation of India (PEFI) National Award 2018 for Excellence and Leadership in Sports.

He has been instrumental in setting up the institute since the beginning and has been involved in developing various programs in sports and fitness education.

The institute has few prominent personalities like Mr. Abhinav Bindra – India’s first Olympic Gold Medalist in the 10 metre Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Mr. Antonio Robustelli – International Sports Performance Expert from Italy, Late. Mr. Bhishmaraj Bam – International Sports Psychologist, Dr. Manit Arora – Sports Medicine expert etc. to name a few on our Advisory Board.

Bestowing Best-in-class Amenities

ISST is one of its kind and probably the only specialized Institute in India providing professional courses in sports education. It offers its programs in two verticals, distance education and classroom education. Through the distance education, the institute provides its courses to students from across different cities in India and also provides them internship/placement opportunities in top sports companies/organizations pan India.

The classroom courses are conducted in Pune at ISST campus and the faculty for the classroom courses are all the industry experts who have extensive work experience with top sports companies. It invites various guest speakers from the industry from various fields.

Apart from the educational programs, ISST also runs two multi-sport centers in Pune catering to sports like cricket, basketball, football, gymnastics, roller-skating, and ice-skating. Students from the age-group of 3 years and above are given coaching by a team of elite coaches, who are highly committed to help students excel to their maximum potential. The students have the opportunity to work with their sports clubs as interns for practical exposure.

Institute of Sports Science and Technology has following facilities for following sports at its campus: basketball, cricket, football, skating, gymnastics, gym facilities, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation.

An Overview of the Syllabus 

The industry-oriented course syllabus aims at and provides a mix of theory with case studies, video lecture content, online examinations and internship experience for practical exposure.

ISST’s Distance Education structure:

  • The study material contains study notes of all the chapters in the course structure and the detailed information highlighting the relevant topics.
  • A video lecture DVD is also sent as part of the course material to the student which contains summary of the major topics covered in the course, wherein the faculty explains important terms with examples.

The certification for this program will be jointly issued by ISST and ISPA. Internationally recognized ‘Student Accreditation’ certification from International Sports Professionals Association, ISPA, Chicago, USA.

The following are the classroom programs/courses at ISST –

  • Master’s Program in Sport Management (1 year)
  • Diploma Program in Sports Management (6 months)
  • Master’s Program in Sports Science (1 year)
  • Diploma Program in Sports Science (6 months)
  • Diploma Program in Sports Exercise & Nutrition (6 months)

The following Distance Education programs/course at ISST –

  • Distance Master’s Program in Sport Management (1 year)
  • Distance Diploma Program in Sports Management (6 months)
  • Distance Master’s Program in Sports Science (1 year)
  • Distance Diploma Program in Sports Science (6 months)
  • Distance Master’s Program in Sports Exercise & Nutrition (1 year)
  • Distance Diploma Program in Sports Exercise & Nutrition (6 months)
  • Distance Diploma Program in Sports Exercise & Psychology (6 months)
  • Distance Diploma Program in Sports Technology (6 months)
  • Distance Diploma Program in Sports Medicine (6 months)
  • 10 – Distance Certificate in Sports Dentistry (3 months)

About the Career Opportunities and Exposures

The students get well versed with the various important aspects required for managing and running a sports business or managing a sports team/athlete after successful completion of the courses.

ISST has a network of more than thousand sports companies and organization pan India. The internship program provides the students an opportunity to work with top companies and gain hands-on practical experience. The students get the chance to be a part of the top sports events and conferences in the industry.

The various career choices include working with leading sports organizations and companies managing different administrative aspects like marketing, finance, HR, strategy, event management or working with athletes in different sports academies and clubs, to develop their performance.

ISST is planning to establish a sports science center which will cater to elite athletes to improve their performance and eventually craft a pathway for research oriented programs in sports technology and sciences.

The Notable Alumnus

The alumni of ISST have carved a niche for themselves in the public and private sectors. It represents a wealth of talent and expertise across the globe. The athletic records set by these athletes in the different sports are tremendous. These skillful athletes are defining success in many different ways.

To name a few are Moinak Sarkar (Working with Reliance Foundation), N Mukundan (International Para swimmer), Col Gurbaksh Singh (Commandant, Army Institute of Physical Training), Kunal Dave (Manager, West Zone, Oakley sunglasses), Nehal Das (North East Football Academy), and Capt. Nitin Pant, Sports expert, CII.

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