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No centralised sports trials this year

The decision to withdraw centralised trials seems to indicate that the university has been unable to iron out differences with colleges.

india Updated: May 26, 2011 10:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A year after it announced the process of centralised sports admission for aspirants under the sports quota, the Delhi University’s sports policy is back to square one.

Students will once again have to run from one college to another and give separate trials in each college to get admission.

Last year, the university had started centralised sports trials under which the students applied to different colleges under the sports quota. These trials were conducted by the university sports council.

This move had left many physical education teachers disgruntled but had made students quite happy as they did not have to run around too much. However, this new decision has left many of them unhappy. “This is bad news. Now we will have to run from

one college to another for the trials in this hot weather,” said Malhar Sharma, an aspirant.

This change of policy was announced at the Vice-Chancellor’s annual press conference, held on Wednesday. The conference was conducted by JM Khurana, dean, students' welfare. The Vice-Chancellor did not attend the conference.

"The decision has been taken as all logistics had not been worked out. But this is just an interim measure. Next year, we will go back to centralised trials," said Khurana.

The process last year had been confusing as many colleges had refused to cooperate and did not send the names of applicants to university authorities.

The decision of withdrawing centralised trials seems to indicate that the university has not been able to iron out the differences with the colleges.

And in the midst, it is the students who will suffer. "We will have a hard time. The dates for sports trials in different colleges may clash. Coming from outside of Delhi, going from one college to another will be confusing and will only add to the stress," said Piya Sen from Kolkata.

The university policy on certificates however remains the same.

Like last year, 75% weightage will be given to certificates and 25% to trials this time too.

But sports teachers are still not happy. "Giving certificates more weightage than trials is wrong. It is very easy to forge certificates but one can't forge performances. Both should be given equal weightage," said a physical education professor in a north campus college.

Colleges will start selling forms for admission under the sports quota after the second cut-off list is out on June 21.

First Published: May 26, 2011 10:01 IST