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Celebs & the sports quota

delhi Updated: Jun 19, 2009 01:43 IST
Swaha Sahoo
Swaha Sahoo
Hindustan Times
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Shah Rukh Khan managed to Chak De long before he became the king of Bollywood – in the hockey field at Hans Raj College and during inter-university competitions.

Omkara director Vishal Bharadwaj was a star cricketer during his days at Hindu College and actor Archana Puran Singh played competitive table tennis at Lady Sri Ram College.

The young guns of the Congress party—Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot—were ace shooters. And Jyotiraditya Scindia swam his way into St Stephen’s College

All these actors, filmmakers and politicians entered DU through the sports quota and played competitive sport throughout college.

“Many of the big names went on to do something other than sports. But when they were in college, they were dedicated to their game,” said Savita Kochar, Associate Professor of Physical Education at Hans Raj College.

The driving point is that you don’t have to be a career sportsperson in order to get through the sports quota at DU. But once through, you have to play dedicatedly for the college.

But many treat the sports quota as a way to get the much in demand B Com (H) and B Com (Programme) courses. I “Commerce and Economics are the only two subjects in demand today. Even if students don’t have the aptitude for commerce, they want to take it up,” said Jai Inder Pal Singh, sports coordinator at Hindu College.

Hindu has one seat each for B Com (H) and BA (H) Economics under the sports quota.

“Someone aspiring for the sports quota should play her heart out in colleges. For that they need a lighter study load unless they can balance academics too,” said Singh.

“If students think they can use the quota as just an entry point to DU they’re mistaken. If a sports quota student does not play we ask him to leave,” said Hans Raj principal S R Arora.