Students who have competed in karate competitions at the state-level and above will be eligible for 25 extra marks while applying to junior colleges in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, said a circular issued by the education department on Friday.
Last year, the Maharashtra Karate Association moved court because karate was not one of the sports included under the sports marks scheme that grants state-level athletes extra marks in Class 10.
The Bombay high court ruled in favour of the association, allowing karate competitors to benefit from the marks.
“The department issued a separate circular this year to clarify that karate students will be eligible this year too for the extra marks, because the court had ruled separately on karate last year,” said an official from the education department.
The circular stated that those who participated in the association’s competition in Balewadi in Pune in January would be eligible for the marks.
More than 1,000 SSC students have already got the extra marks for sports listed on their mark sheets.
For non-SSC students, the department issued a circular last week directing all non-SSC school principals to give their state-level students 25 marks in their junior college application forms.
Non-SSC board students had been facing a series of problems because the district sports offices that had to verify their sports certificates refused to do so stating that the government order on the 25 marks scheme had been limited to last year.
“The previous notification allowing all students the benefits of the scheme was valid for last year only, which is why we re-issued a circular this year directing schools to add the marks for their students,” said an official from the education department.
For next year, the government is already working on a more nuanced sports marks scheme.