The introduction of the centralised sports trials at the Delhi University (DU) has left teachers from various colleges unhappy. The new guidelines for admission through the sports quota, they say, are unfair.
"Till last year, the weightage given to certificates produced and the performance in trials was equal. This year, the certificates will account for 75 per cent of the marks whereas trials will have just 25 per cent weightage. Certificates can be forged but performance cannot," said SK Chakraborty, associate professor, Physical Education, St Stephen's College.
Chakraborty says he has had students coming to him with national- level certificates who failed to perform in trials.
"Two years ago, a girl came with a national-level certificate in swimming but when we asked her to appear for trials, she could not swim at all," he said.
St Stephen's College has decided to hold separate trials from June 11. According to the new guidelines, students who have represented the country at international-level competitions, approved by the Ministry of Sports, will get direct admission.
"How can we select someone without conducting trials? Even those students who did not compete or perform well, get participation certificates. Equal weightage to trials is imperative," said MP Sharma, associate professor, Physical Education, Hansraj College.
According to last year's guidelines, students were also supposed to be part of the college sports admission committee. This year, the colleges have been asked to form a committee with only the college principal and teachers. Students have not been included.
"For team events, we have a particular requirement of students playing specific roles. If centralised trials are conducted, we will not be able to choose students according to our requirements," said Chakraborty.
"It would be good if the sports council revisits the new guidelines," said Meenakshi Pahuja, associate professor, Physical Education, Lady Shri Ram College.
But Sudarshan Pathak, coordinating director, Sports Council, Delhi University, has said that the new guidelines are for better. "We are just trying to save the students from running around. We will ensure that competent and neutral people judge the trials," she said.