Mount Carmel College adds Billiards Sport in Campus
A city college has made history by introducing billiards as a credit program for its students.
Mount Carmel College, Bangalore which had introduced billiards as a sport on the college campus for recreation about a year ago, launched it as a credit program on Friday.
Offered through the college’s Centre for Extended Education, the credit course in billiards will be one of the 76 such courses undergraduates can opt for to secure the 10 mandatory credit points before they write the final semester exam. They can select any credit course of their choice over six semesters.
Sister Albina, college principal, said : “We decided to offer billiards as we had a table donated by the Karnataka State Billiards Association. We want to expand our students’ horizon. We’re open to adding any number of programs to provide them better exposure.”
However, the credit course in billiards is not mandatory, Sr. Albina sought to clarify. “Everybody need not like billiards or for that matter any particular sports. So we don’t want to make any credit program compulsory.”
“The response is overwhelming. In fact, a lot of students are on the waiting list,” said Sheela Dange, coordinator, Centre for Extended Education.
Playing sports improves the concentration and helps the students cope with stress, in turn improving their overall performance, she added.
Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) secretary Balasubramanya, who was present, said the move was a shot in the arm to propagate cue sports.