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Commerce-ialised: Sports quota

All sports quota applicants wish to study Commerce. Do they like sports at all? Swaha Sahoo finds out. Special: Campus calling
By Swaha Sahoo | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2008 09:28 AM IST

Whether they are good or not, whether they are eligible or not, scores of students desperate to study Commerce at Delhi University are queuing up for sports trials, hoping to ride the sports quota to their choice of course.

And with almost everybody seeking admission under the sports quota wishing to study Commerce, college authorities doubt if they at all have interest in sports and, therefore, serious enough to pursue sports further.

Colleges see a pattern: these students are just using the sports quota in an attempt to grab a seat in Commerce and
are neither good at nor passionate about sports.

“The priority of a student applying under sports quota should be sports. But almost all of them want to study Commerce irrespective of their talent,” said Jai Inder Pal Singh, director (sports) at Hindu College.

Under the sports quota, Hindu has one seat each in BCom honours and BA honours Economics.

Singh said students securing 90 per cent had also applied under the sports quota. “Someone who has spent his time studying and scoring high marks couldn’t have found time for playing serious sports,” Singh said. “I would any day prefer an exceptional cricketer who has less marks over an 85 percenter who is just there because he knows how to bowl and is not passionate about the game.”

It’s the same story at Ramjas. “Out of 19 applicants eligible for shooting trials, 16 have applied for BCom honours, followed by BCom Programme and BA honours Economics,” said Manisha Chakraborty, sports convener at Ramjas. “In table tennis six out of eight applicants want Commerce as their first choice.”

Ramjas has two seats each in BCom honours and Programme courses.

At Hans Raj College, which has 10 seats in BCom honours and two in Economics, 70 per cent of the 400 applicants under the sports quota have asked for BCom and Economics.

“An applicant with 85 per cent thinks that we will add five per cent to his marks if he qualifies the trials and allot him the course of his choice. But this is not how it happens,” said Savita Kochchar, sports in-charge, Hans Raj. “Many students who do not have Math in Class XII have also applied for Economics and BCom honours, thinking they will qualify because of their talent,” Kochchar said.

However, the subject to be allotted to the applicant really depends on his/her aptitude.

“Even if an exceptionally gifted sportsperson with 50 per cent marks asks for BCom honours we don’t just allot it to her,” said Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator at Lady Sri Ram College. “If the candidate is not suitable for the subject she will be counseled and offered other choices,” Khandelwal said.

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