Chaos ruled the first day of Delhi University’s (DU) centralised fitness tests for admission of students under the sports quota.
The university from this year onwards has decided to hold one common fitness test for all aspirants to make matters easy for students.
But what followed on Thursday — the first day of fitness tests — was utter chaos with students going through a harrowing time waiting in long queues for registration and no officials around to help them.
The students sweltered in the heat with the university failing to make any provision for refreshments or shade for sports quota aspirants. As the university could not manage the crowd, police teams had to be called in. More than a thousand students accompanied by their parents had gathered outside the University Polo Ground on Thursday, much before the scheduled time for the start of the fitness tests.
Some had reached the stadium as early as 6am, even though the tests were to begin by 9am only.
“I reached the ground around 9 and by then a number of students already in queue. There were not enough people to carry out their registrations,” said Digvijay Jagati, a student who had come from Nainital. Jagati accompanied by his brother said they will try their luck again on Friday.
There were many outstation students who had directly come from stations.
“I got down from the train and rushed to the stadium. By the time I reached the registration desk, the forms were over. I had to clear only one event for the trial and even that hasn’t taken place yet. I have my trails for the state level championship on June 20,” said Aayushi Jaswant, chess player from Varanasi.
The fitness test will take place till June 20. “Today we will complete the tests for all those who have been given a token. We will switch on the floodlights if need be,” said Anil Kumar Kalkal, secretary DU sports council.From tomorrow, DU officials have decided to start the test from 7.30am
(inputs from Aditi Juneja and Hephzibah Lakhanpal)