Delhi University has started its centralised fitness test for admission of students in its undergraduate courses through sports quota on Thursday.
The trials will be video-recorded to maintain transparency. The university this year has done away with the fitness test at the college level. Students this year will hence be required to undergo just one common fitness test after which they will be issued a certificate that they can use to take part in sports trials in colleges.
"We will start the centralised fitness test at the University Polo Ground on Thursday at 9am. It will go on for three days and end on June 20. All colleges have sent us details of students who have applied for admission under sports quota. Students can come on any of the three days for the fitness trial," said Anil Kumar Kalkal, secretary, DU Sports Council.
Students need to qualify in any two of the three fitness tests given to them -- a 50-metre dash for speed, 1,000-metre run or walk for endurance and standing broad jump for strength -- to qualify for attending sports trial at various colleges.
Students applying under archery, chess and shooting will have to qualify in any one of the three tests.
"The fitness test is for qualification and holds no weightage in the final marks. Students are given 50 marks for trials and 50 for sports certificates," said Kalkal.
The final list of students, who will qualify the fitness test, will be uploaded on DU's website on June 22 after which colleges can allow students to give sports trials.
"The fitness certificate will be uploaded along with student's photographs so colleges can easily identify applicants," he said.
In an attempt to maintain transparency and fairness, the varsity's sports council will not only video-record the fitness tests, but will also use photo-finish camera. "We will use photo-finish camera that are used in international sports events for our fitness tests," Kalkal said.