#8: UBA All India Inter University Basketball Tournament for Men: Semi-finals today
Gopalakrishnan R & Vishnu Ravi Shankar, Chennai, 18th January 2015: We have reached the business end of the UBA All India Inter University Basketball Tournament for Men 2014-15 organised by the Universal Basketball Alliance of India, LLC under the aegis of the Association of Indian Universities. The two semi-final matches will take place today evening at Sathyabama University, Chennai. We can expect some exciting and high-octane basketball, as the four best university basketball teams in the country will compete for a spot in the finals.
The line-up and tentative schedule of the semi-finals is as follows:
6.00 p.m.: Sathyabama University, Chennai v. Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune
7.30 p.m.: Jain University, Bengaluru v. University of Madras, Chennai
About Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
The idea of bringing together all the universities on a common platform emerged from the deliberations of a Conference of the Vice Chancellors of Universities convened by Lord Reading, the then Viceroy of India at Shimla in 1924. The Inter-University Board (IUB) of India was subsequently formed on March 23, 1925, with the view of promoting university activities, especially by way of sharing information and co-operation in the field of education, culture, sports and allied areas. The Inter-University Board acquired a legal status with its registration in 1967 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. In 1973, it assumed its present name: The Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The membership includes traditional universities, open universities, professional universities, Institutes of National Importance and deemed-to-be universities. In addition, there is a provision of granting of Associate Membership to universities of neighbouring countries.
About the All India University Championships
The Association of Indian Universities (“AIU”) Annual Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournament is a large Pan-India basketball tournament. The winning team is crowned the number one university basketball team in India. The Tournament is structured similar to the NCAA Basketball tournament in the United States. It is broken down into regional series which are held in each of four regions in India -- The South Zone, the North Zone, the East Zone, and the West Zone. The teams in each region compete in regional tournaments, and the four winning teams from each region play in the final Tournament – The Inter Zonal Tournament.
The top four teams that have qualified from each of the four zones are as follows:
- Sathyabama University, Chennai
- Madras University, Chennai
- Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
- Jain University, Bengaluru
- Punjab University, Chandigarh
- Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
- University of Delhi, Delhi
- Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
- Mahatma Gandhi Kasi Vidyapeeth University, Varanasi
- Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur
- Burdwan University, Burdwan
- Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, Jaunpur
- Bharati Vidya Peet University, Pune
- University of Rajasthan, Jaipur
- Savitribai Phule University, Pune
- Shivaji University, Kolhapur
About Universal Basketball Alliance of India (UBA)
The Universal Basketball Alliance of India, LLC (“UBA”) has acquired the broadcast, merchandise and sponsorship rights to the existing, and self-governing Indian University Basketball Program. The UBA is currently securing television broadcasting arrangements, securing corporate sponsorships for tournament play, and creating merchandising opportunities.
UBA will focus its attention on the AIU and popularizing its All India Inter Zonal Tournament as an entertainment product for Indian viewers to enjoy for generations to come, just as Collegiate Basketball is in the United States.