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Under sports quota, only talent matters, not marks

It does not necessarily have to be a balance of both academics and sports to get admissions through the ‘sports quota’, reports Karan Choudhury.

delhi Updated: Jun 11, 2008 19:54 IST
Karan Choudhury

It does not necessarily have to be a balance of both academics and sports to get admissions through the ‘sports quota’, a much sought after option for students in the race to get admissions into Delhi University.

For most of the colleges it is the skill that matters more than the Class 12 board results. Colleges can be as flexible as is possible in giving admissions to such students while following all the guidelines laid down by the university.

Dr SR Arora, Principal, Hansraj College, said, “While considering a student applying through sports quota, we look at the number of medals he or she has won at the national level, not the marks they have secured. If they qualify the minimum criteria we consider them. So even a student who has 50 per cent marks in boards but is a national level athlete will be given admission.”

Hindu College, which has churned out exceptional cricketers in recent times, also has very stringent rules regarding such admissions. Jayendra Pal Singh, director of sports at Hindu said, “I want true players. I would any day prefer an exceptional cricketer who has secured less marks over an 85 percenter who is just there because he knows how to bowl and is not passionate about the game. During the trials we make sure the students we enroll through sports quota are true to the game.”

Students applying through sports quota are required to have taken part in at least zonal level competitions and won certificates and awards. But most of colleges prefer national level players. Most of the colleges will kick off their sports trials by June 17.