Sharad Kumar, left, was the first Paralympian to partake in the Indian Government's Meet the Champions initiative ©Sports Authority of India

Tokyo 2020 high jump bronze medallist Paralympics bronze medallist Sharad Kumar kicked off the Paralympic leg of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Meet the Champions" initiative at a school in Kerala today.

Kumar claimed the bronze in the men's high jump T63 with a jump of 1.83 metres.

The scheme began in December, launched by Neeraj Chopra, who won India's first-ever athletics Olympic gold medal in the men's javelin in Tokyo.

It aims to connect India's children with Olympic and Paralympic athletes and is jointly organised by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Kumar, who is a Sports Authority of India coach, met Modi at the Girls Cotton Hill in Thiruvananthapuram, where pupils from 75 schools across Kerala were invited to attend.

He provided high-jumping instruction, played table tennis with some of the children and expressed the importance of food nutrition and healthy diets.

"Food doesn't need to be expensive to give you nutrients, even inexpensive food items can give you the nutrients you require," said Kumar.

"So, with every food item, big or small, expensive or inexpensive, just check it has the nutritional content that you require."

Kumar added: "The only shortcut to a good and successful like is eating on time, sleeping, following discipline and not leaving things halfway."