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High scorers on sports trial blocks

Students with marks in higher 80s and even 90s are trying to get into the course and college of their choice through the sports and ECA quota.

delhi Updated: Jun 07, 2007 14:51 IST
Anuradha Mukherjee

Till last year, those with not-so-good scores were admitted to Delhi University colleges under sports and ECA, or extra curricular activities, quota.

This year, even high scorers are making a beeline for entry under the category. Students with marks in higher 80s and even 90s are trying to get into the course and college of their choice through the sports and ECA quota, but it is not going to be an easy attempt given the high levels of competition even here.

Vinnie Mehta has scored 84 per cent marks in her Class XII exams, but that is not enough to get her a berth in her preferred course – BCom H. Mehta is now pegging all her hopes on making use of her skills at playing handball having played at the national level.

“I have reasonably good marks, but they are not going to be enough for getting me into a good college. Being a national-level sportsperson will help now,” says Mehta, who has applied in all the good North Campus colleges.

She hopes to make the cut in Hans Raj College under the sports quota. She feels SRCC is way out of her reach. Colleges say that the cut-off is only marginally relaxed in the case of sports or ECA quota students and any real difference in policy takes place only in the case of exceptional sportspersons.

“High scorers are also applying in the sports and ECA quota because they are just trying to ensure their admission in a particular course like BCom or Economics. If they make it in the first list, they anyway do not have to go through the trials. At the most we relax the cut-off marks by 3-4 per cent for ECA and sports category applicants,” said Manaswini Yogi, media co-ordinator at Indraprastha College.

St Stephen’s College vice-principal Clement Raj Kumar says the academic excellence of the college is never diluted for sports.

“Most of our sports category applicants score extremely high marks as well. In fact, one of our sports quota students went on to win a Rhodes Fellowship. We make a big concession only if the applicant in question is the national number one,” said Rak Kumar, who also head the college physical education department.

While most DU colleges take in a total of 5 per cent students under the sports and ECA category, St Stephen’s is an exception and takes in up to 10 per cent. “If you are a good sportsperson, you have to spend 3-4 hours practicing. The same yardstick cannot be used to measure them along with general students,” said Raj Kumar.

Quick bytes

St Stephen’s College sports trials:June 16-June 22, 7 a.m. onwards on college grounds

Hindu College sports trials: Basketball (college sports complex, June 16, 8 a.m. onwards); Cricket (for boys only, college sports complex, June 17 and18, 8 a.m. onwards); Swimming /diving (Government Boys’ Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, June 19, 9.30 a.m. onwards); Tennis (DLTA, Hauz Khas, June 20, 8.30 a.m.); Table Tennis, June 21, 8 a.m. onwards)

Indraprastha College for Women ECA trials:
June 30, 10 am onwards, list of students invited for trials will be out on June 26 on college website; sports trials (June 20-21, college grounds)