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Centralised sports trials proven useless

delhi Updated: Jul 07, 2010 23:28 IST
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In a repeat of past years, Delhi University sports quota applicants are running from college to college for admissions, despite the centralised sports trials.

This year, the university had introduced centralised trials so that students would not have to keep appearing at different colleges for trials. However, the purpose hasn’t been served.

Colleges, now, have to take measures to facilitate admission. Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College is taking informal trials of candidates who applied under the sports quota. “We are asking the applicants to play a little so that we can assess them... before admitting them,” Jaswinder Singh, principal of SGTB Khalsa College.

Rajdhani College, on the other hand, had suspended its sports admissions. “Due to lack of procedural requirements, we are not admitting any student through sports quota for the time being,” said college principal Vijaylakshmi Pandit.

Teachers said they had no other choice but to call all students, as the list provided by the Delhi University Sports Council (DUSC) does not mention either the ranking or the specialisation of the applicant.

“There are four applicants under squash, who have scored the same marks. Even after adding the certificates’ marks, it’s same. DUSC has not provided any ranking. How are we supposed to give them admission?” said S.K. Chakravortty, associate professor, physical education, St. Stephen’s College.

Teachers also complained that the list doesn’t mention the student’s game position. “How will we come to know if an applicant is a batsman or a wicketkeeper? It is not mentioned on their certificates either,” said Sayeed Shahni, associate professor of Physical Education at Zakir Hussain College.

Officials blame students’ inconvenience on the colleges. “Colleges should have verified the certificates and marked them before sending the names to us. They did not do that, which is why they are facing these problems,” said S.K. Vij, dean, Students’ Welfare, DU.

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