The first day of the three-day centralised fitness trial held by Delhi University on June 18 at its Polo Ground was marked by chaos.
Roughly 3,500 students and their parents, who had gathered for the process, and organisers Delhi University Sports Council (DUSC) accused each other of mismanagement and poor behaviour.
The situation got so out of hand that DUSC finally decided to hold trials for only 1,500 students — 900 boys and 600 girls. However, even till 7 pm, these students were not able to complete their tests.
“We’ve managed to reach roughly 1,400. Our target was 1,000 students which we have achieved,” said DUSC coordinator R S Maan.
At the venue, agitated parents could be seen arguing with officials. “We’ve been here since 7 am, though the test was scheduled to begin at 9 am. Despite that, my daughter has been unable to submit her form,” said the mother of a student from Delhi.
The administration, on the other hand, blamed parents and student organisations. “The circular clearly mentioned that parents will not be allowed inside the premises and several notices of the same were put outside the venue. But parents barged in,” said Maan.
Until last year, students went to individual colleges for their trials and fitness tests. This year, the system was centralised to make the process “simpler”. Students are required to qualify for two of three tests — 50-metre run, standing broad jump and a 1,000 metre walk/run in within a given time.
Student unions such as NSUI blamed the DUSC. “They want to click photos of students for the certificate but there are only two cameras inside,” said NSUI member Deepak Tomar. Students said problems began right from the start.
“There was absolutely no arrangement for the number of people present,” said a student from Dehradun.