If you thought sports like weightlifting, tennis, cricket and basketball, was the only way to secure a Delhi University (DU) seat under the sports quota, think again.
Apart from the conventional sports, a bunch of colleges in Delhi University also offer admission under the sports quota for ‘exotic sports’ like kayaking and canoeing, water polo (water sports) and sword fight or fencing.
In canoeing, an open boat is paddled with a kneeling position and is propelled by a single blade paddle. In kayaking, a light decked craft is paddled from a seating position and propelled with a double blade paddle.
The university reserves not more than 5% of the total number of seats in each course under quotas for sports and extracurricular activities.
There are 43 categories of sports under which students can apply for trails. Students need to submit their sports certificates of having played a particular sport at school and other levels for being eligible for admissions under the sports quota.
This year students applying under the sports quota will have to indicate their choices in the centralised online registration form.
After the registration, fitness test follows and a certificate is given to the students who qualify the test. Then, students have to take part trials in colleges under the supervision of the sports admission committee.
The committee is made up of a principal, teachers of physical education, experts, nominee from DU sports council and nominee of the vice-chancellor.
Fifty marks are reserved for the trials with the remaining 50 marks being awarded for certificates produced by students. Students who have won at the international, national, state, zonal and school levels and have certificates for it are given preference. A student has to secure a minimum 25 marks in the trials to be admitted under the quota.
However, students who have represented the country in international games are given direct admission.
“This year, a few colleges have been authorised to conduct the fitness test. The test will take place on different dates so that students do not lose out any opportunity,” said university officials.
Officials said that there will be designated colleges for trial in each sport. Students can give trial in one college and use the marks obtained to apply to all other colleges.