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Sports trials clear ?date clash? hurdle

Clashing dates are a big problem for students seeking admission under sports quota. But DU promises minimum hassles this time.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 10:45 IST

Clashing dates are a big problem for students seeking admission under the sports quota. But Delhi University authorities promises minimum hassles this academic session.

Every candidate will get a fair chance, they assure. “Dates clashing is a yearly fixture and we are fed up of similar complaints each year. Last year, the cricket trial dates at Hindu, St. Stephen’s and Hansraj College clashed. The same was the case for swimming trials at Hindu and St. Stephen’s,” said a senior DU official.

“Due to date clashes, many students are forced to opt out from the trials of some colleges that reduces the options available before them,” he added. But some changes have been planned this year so there is no confusion in dates.

“Keeping in mind the interests of approximately 5 per cent students who apply at the university under the sports quota, this year we suggested to the colleges to be in close co-ordination with each other while charting out their trials. A formal notification will be given to all the college authorities by June 15, “ said Jitendra Singh Naruka, Director, Physical Education and Sports (PES), Delhi University.

But not many are sure whether the plan will bring out the desired results. “The point is that we can only suggest to the colleges on how to go about charting their trial dates. But ultimately, the entire process falls under the prerogative of the colleges only,” added another official.

According to the officials, there obviously is more to these date clashes than just sheer coincidence. “Every college wants the best candidates and so some of the big colleges schedule dates in such a way that they clash with some of the other colleges,” said a college authority.

Trial Dates
June 16, 21: Sports trials at St Stephen’s, Hindu College
June 23:      Interview for sports candidate at St Stephen’s