After being riddled with complaints of irregularities in sports quota admissions this year, the Delhi University may once again go back to centralised trials next year.
The university received several complaints regarding unfair admissions under the sports quota and Hindu College and Satyawati College had suspended sports admissions in view of these complaints.
“The university is planning to have centralised trials again next time. We were supposed to hold centralised trials this year as well but due to the lack of time it could not be worked out,” said a senior DU official, who did not want to be named.
This change in stance seems to have come after the Delhi High Court ordered the university to conduct sports trials for applicants to Satyawati College, which had suspended admissions.
The court order of August 29 has asked the university authorities to make sure that these seats do don’t go waste and that eligible and able students get admission.
“Let the university undertake a fresh process and give fresh opportunities to all students who had applied to seek admission in the college,” the court order stated.
“Last year there were no complaints from students regarding the trials and it is clearly a fairer and easier way,” said the official.
Centralised sports trials were conducted first time in the university last year. It was strongly opposed by colleges as they had problems with the marking scheme and the certificates being given more weightage than trials.
Though the court order is a victory for students, there are other concerns regarding their late admissions.
Classes in the university have already been going on for the last two months. This is for the first time that all courses are functioning in the semester mode while exams will take place in November. It will, therefore, be difficult for students to catch up.
“The trials will be held in the coming week. It will take a few more days for results to come out,” said Shamsul Islam, principal, Satyawati College.