More than 50 students could not appear for Delhi University’s fitness tests and trials, which started on Friday, due to what they claimed was lack of clear instructions from the varsity.
Fitness tests and trials are held by the university for admission under the sports quota.
On reaching the University Polo Ground early in the morning, some aspirants were told that the university had scanned their certificates and they had not qualified for the fitness test.
The university said that students should have checked their application status on their application dashboard.
However, nowhere in the university information bulletin was it mentioned that students will be selected for trials only after a scrutiny of certificates.
Aspirants to Delhi University this year were required to fill up a centralised form for the sports admission and upload three merit certificates along with it.
“We were never informed that we had been rejected. If the certificates were not correct then how did the forms get accepted? The university should at least keep in mind the fact that a lot of outstation candidates were going to turn up for the trials,” said Kaiser Rufai, who had come with her son for the cricket fitness test.
CS Dubey, director of DU Sports Council, said: “In the individual applications, we have updated the marks received by the students, so they should have checked it. The ineligible students were turned away.”
This has happened for the first time where the student’s certificate has been first scanned and then the fitness test and trials conducted.
Sources said this was also the first time that students had been rejected from taking the fitness test after a scrutiny of their certificates.
“I wanted to appear for the football trials. I have all the required certificates, like my teammates. They were selected, while the list deemed me as ineligible,” said Anupam Manglik from Pitampura.
All the students barred from taking the fitness tests were the ones who had applied for cricket fitness test at Polo Ground or for Taekwondo fitness test that was held at Aryabhatta College.
“The form only told us the different certificates that we were required to have. I had all my national level, state level and federation cup certificates in order. Yet, I was told that my certificates are not enough,” said Syed Tahir from Srinagar.
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) later in the day held a protest against the university and submitted a application to the sports council officials.
With inputs from Gayatri Moodliar