Khelo India University Games
First event2020, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Occur everyAnnual
PurposeMulti-sport events across Indian universities
HeadquartersNew Delhi
OrganisationsMinistry of Youth Affairs and Sports
WebsiteKhelo India University Games

Khelo India University Game is a national level multi-sport event held in India, where athletes from universities across the country compete in different sports disciplines.[1] The inaugural edition held in Odisha started on 22 February and concluded on 1 March 2020.[2] It is organised by Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports along with Association of Indian Universities, Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federation.[3][4] It is the largest university level sports competition in India.[5]

Khelo India University Games was launched after the success of the Khelo India Youth Games, which had completed its third edition in 2020.[6] The Khelo India University Games is intended to identify and train capable athletes in the age group of 18 to 25 years for the Olympics and the Asian Games.[1][7][3]


On 22 February 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, inaugurated the first edition of the Khelo India University Games in Cuttack.[8] The inaugural event was held at JNL Indoor Stadium.[9] Coaches and officials believe that the event gives athletes the exposure of multi-disciplinary events and promote sporting talent at the university level.[8][10]


The winners of the first edition with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Kiren Rijiju
Khelo India University Games
Edition Year Host(s) Start Date End Date Sports Gold 1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
I 2020 Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology,
22 February 1 March 17 206[11] Panjab University,
Savitribai Phule Pune University,
Punjabi University,
46 17 19 10 37 17 11 9 33 13 6 14
2021 School Of Engineering and Technology - Jain University,
Postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic
II 2022 24 April 3 May 20 257[11] Jain University,
Lovely Professional University,
Panjab University,

2020 edition

The 2020 edition was held from 22 February to 1 March 2020 includes 211 events in 17 sports.[12][13] The sport events were held at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Bhubaneswar, JNL Indoor Stadium, SAI-Odisha Badminton Academy and SAI International Residential School in Cuttack.[3][4]

More than 4000 athletes from 176 universities participated in the events.[13] The number of medals include 206 Gold, 206 Silver and 286 Bronze.[12][11] Fencing and Rugby were included for the first time in a Khelo India competition.[3]

Panjab University finished first with 46 total medals that included 17 gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze medals. Savitribai Phule Pune University and Punjabi University were second and third with 37 and 33 total medals respectively.[14] National record-holding sprinter, Dutee Chand participated representing KIIT.[1] She won two gold medals in 100m and 200m events.[15] Siddhant Sejwal of Panjab University and Sadhvi Dhuri of Pune University were the top performers with five gold medals each.[16]


* Host

Source: Khelo India

Medals tally

  *   Host nation (Host(s))

2020 Khelo India University Games
1Panjab University17191046
2Savitribai Phule Pune University1711937
3Punjabi University1361433
4Maharshi Dayanand University11111133
5Mangalore University97925
6Lovely Professional University96823
7Jain University86216
8Guru Nanak Dev University761225
9University of Madras75315
10University of Mumbai691025
11University of Delhi671124
12Mahatma Gandhi University64313
13University of Kerala52512
14Kurukshetra University46616
15Shivaji University451019
16Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences4329
17Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology*4127
18Chaudhary Bansi Lal University4026
19University of Rajasthan34310
20Maharaja Ganga Singh University3339
21Manonmaniam Sundaranar University3227
22Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University3137
Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University3137
24Veer Narmad South Gujarat University26311
25Barkatullah University2428
26Chaudhary Charan Singh University2417
27Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology2338
28Himachal Pradesh University2259
29Sant Baba Bhag Singh University2237
30Gujarat University2215
Source: Medal Tally

2022 edition

The second edition of the Khelo India University games was supposed to be held in the year 2021 but was later postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. It is to be hosted by Bangalore's Jain University and is expected to be held between April-May 2022. Jain University’s School of Engineering and Technology campus and The Sports School campus situated at Kanakapura Road are hosting majority of the events while some events are being hosted at different campuses of the university. However the opening ceremony is to be held in Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore while the closing ceremony is to held in the global campus of Jain University.

More than 5000 athletes from over 170 institutes are expected to take part in the games making it the biggest ever Khelo Games till date.


* Host

Rest of the participants are yet to be announced

Medal table

Sport events


See also


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