The Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NIS) is raising eyebrows because of the non-transparent admission process it followed for admission in the diploma course in sports coaching for the current academic session.
The NIS authorities are giving vague answers to the questions filed under the Right to Information Act, 2005 by some candidates who were not selected for the course.
The course of diploma in sports coaching is a popular and prestigious diploma awarded by the institute. Students who complete the course are sought after for jobs in the field of sports coaching.
However, the documents received in a RTI reply by Prabhsimran Singh, an applicant for the diploma, expose the flaws in the process followed for admission as well as the flouting of norms for finalising the selection of candidates.
Jaswinderpal Singh, father of Prabhsimran, who had filed the RTI petition, said ineligible candidates were admitted by the institute while ignoring their performance. Even the final list of selected candidates was not displayed or prepared for obvious reasons.
He said that apart from unsatisfactory or incomplete replies, NIS even changed the questions on which the information was sought. Shockingly, in reply to a RTI question asking for the number of seats for which candidates were called, NIS says that 110 applications were received. The institute failed to reply on the number of vacant seats for the course.
Singh further said basic criteria for admission state that only those candidates who bring a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the parent institute or employer can be called for the interview. However, two candidates called for the interview and finally selected by the institute did not have a NOC.
Apart from this, NIS also failed to reply about the number of vacant seats for which candidates were called for the diploma course in hockey. In an arbitrary manner, NIS selected 19 candidates in academic year 2013-14 while it selected 24 candidates in academic year 2014-15. Only 14 candidates were admitted in the diploma in the current session.
“The documentary proofs clearly show that NIS is indulging in favouritism and arbitrariness as they have deliberately overlooked essential qualifications apart from ignoring guidelines and procedures to be followed for admission. While a B category player and medal winner was not given admission by the institute, another candidate who has no medal and is listed as D category player by the district sports officer was given admission,” Singh said, while releasing documents procured under RTI.
When contacted, NIS deputy director and public information officer VS Chauhan said he had replied to the RTI applications which were handed over to him by the academics incharge. He admitted that two RTI first appeals have already been filed against NIS over the issue.
On the other hand, academics incharge TL Gupta said the admission process was transparent. He admitted that one candidate was selected without the necessary NOC but said he was not allowed to join classes. Gupta said he has already taken up the matter with the higher authorities and RTI replies will be filed within due time.