The Institute was established by the Govt. of India
as National College of Physical Education in August 1957, the centenary
year of the War of Independence, and located at Gwalior, where
Rani Lakhmibai of Jhansi, a valiant heroine of the war, had laid
her life. The Institute was named after her as a tribute to her
role in the glorious struggle. The main purpose of establishing
this institute was to up - grade the status of physical education
by offering degree and post-graduate course for the first time
in the country. Bachelor's degree programme was started in 1957,
a two year Master's Degree course was introduced in 1963. In 1980
it became the first institution in India to offer one year degree
programme of Master of Philosophy (Physical Education).
The Institute started as an affiliated college of the Vikram University,
Ujjain and then came to the fold of Jiwaji University, in 1964.
In recognition of its unique status and character and to facilitate
its further growth, the college was conferred the status of an
Autonomous College of Jiwaji University, Gwalior in 1982.
In further recognition of the educational services rendered by
the Institute in the field of Physical Education, sports and research
it was decided by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resource
Development under UGC Act of give it the status of at Deemed to
be a university w.e.f. September 1995. The Institute is the only
Deemed to be a University in the field of Physical Education and
Sports in the country.
The duration of the Bachelor’s Degree course, known as B.P.E.
( Bachelor of Physical Education) was initially for 3 years. To
bring in line with the directives of NCTE and also similarity with
some other Professional Degree Courses, the duration of the course
has been extended from 3 years to 4 years with effect from the
ensuing Academic Session i.e. 2003-2004 onward.