Punjabi University, four-time consecutive winner of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy, has again left other universities behind in the race to grab the prestigious sports award for 2012-2013.
As per the claims received by the sports division of Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Punjabi University tops the chart with 53,590 points, 19,875 more than Kurukshetra University, which has claimed 33,715 points.
Arch-rival Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, has claimed 31,955 marks, while Panjab University, Chandigarh, having scored 24,355 points, and University of Mumbai, with 11,025 points, have bagged the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
Punjabi University sports director Raj Kumar Sharma claimed that 22 teams from the university had secured the first position in different sports during inter-university championships, while 26 teams finished second, and eight teams were in the third spot. The university sent 15 players to represent India in different disciplines, he added.
Punjabi University had won the MAKA trophy in 2006, 2007 and 2008. While it was declared a joint-winner with GNDU in 2009, the university protested the decision, and the case has been pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court. Last year, the sports ministry failed to give the award to any university.
This year, the Maka Trophy will be awarded on the occasion of National Sports Day on August 29. Winners would receive a replica of the trophy and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, while first and second runners-up would be awarded Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh, respectively.
The AIU had invited universities to submit their performance details and credentials of players and teams participating in different sports disciplines, and accorded marks under different categories. The final decision over the award will be taken after the claims are reviewed by a selection and scrutiny committee constituted by the union sports ministry.
Speaking out over the conflict over the 2009-trophy, GNDU sports director HS Randhawa said though they had not filed any objections against the claims of stake-holders, they had asked the AIU authorities to collect photocopies of certificates to cross-check the claims.