Third year in a row, Punjabi University here has won the prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy, to be seventh time adjudged country’s best overall in games.
Three years ago, it started its grand run by ending the winning streak of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, which has won the honour a record 22 times but this year was left 6,835 points behind in the race to finish runners-up. Each year, the President gives away this trophy at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Punjabi University vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh will collect it from Pranab Mukherjee on August 29, which is National Sports Day.
For the university, academic affairs dean AS Chawla and sports director Raj Kumar gave the presentation to the Association of Indian Universities that decides the award.
The north Indian universities dominated the race, with Punjabi University first with 54,535 points, Guru Nanak Dev University (47,700) second, Kurukshetra University (33,625) third, Panjab University, Chandigarh (24,965), fourth, and Maharshi Dayanand Univeristy, Rohtak (15,025), fifth.
The athletes of Punjabi University celebrated the victory here by distributing sweets, and the V-C attributed it to their focus and hard work and the role of their coaches, sports director, and teachers.