In DU,heavy rush of sports quota applicants

As the wait for Delhi University’s first cut-off list for undergraduate courses continues,many colleges have started holding sports trials for admissions to the courses.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 22, 2013 2:23:22 am

As the wait for Delhi University’s first cut-off list for undergraduate courses continues,many colleges have started holding sports trials for admissions to the courses. Since as many colleges are holding trials on the same day,most students will end up racing between colleges for admission.

This year,even though the university has allowed students to give a fitness test at one college and use that fitness certificate while appearing for trials at other colleges,the clash in dates will turn out to be a problem.

A senior official at Shri Ram College of Commerce said: “The university should have centralised the sports category admissions. If it is left to the colleges to decide,the clash in dates is bound to happen. This has been seen in the past too.”

While South Campus colleges such as Lady Shri Ram and Jesus and Mary started conducting fitness tests and holding sports trials from Thursday,most colleges in North Campus,such as SGTB Khalsa,St Stephen’s and Hansraj,will hold trials from Saturday.

Representatives of colleges said they had received a large number of applications under the sports and ECA categories. According to officials at St Stephen’s,the college has received around 400 applications for 20 seats in the sports category. The trials at the college will begin on Saturday for women basketball players.

At nearly 2,000,Hansraj College has received the highest number of applications under the sports category. “We have received more than 200 applications for 3-4 seats in basketball,” Hansraj College principal V K Kawatra.

Hindu College,on the other hand,has received around 870 applications for less than 25 seats.

University guidelines stipulate that admissions under the sports category will fall under two sub-categories.

Direct admission,without trial,will be given to sportspersons who have participated or represented the country in Olympics,world championships under international sports federations,Asian Games,Commonwealth Games,SAF Games,Afro-Asian Games and Paralympics.

Others will fall in the second sub-category,where they will have to appear for sports trials to get admission. These students will also have to appear for a fitness tests which will aim at assessing the student on “strength,endurance and speed”.

However,archery,chess and shooting would require candidates to appear for

just one of the three fitness tests,while other games

would require students to take two tests.

For the first time this year,colleges will be required to video record the trials.

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