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Confusion continues over sports quota

Confusion prevails in Delhi University regarding the sports quota trials with students finding themselves caught up in the tussle between colleges and the University.

Confusion prevails in Delhi University regarding the sports quota trials with students finding themselves caught up in the tussle between colleges and the University.

The results of the centralised trials were released on July 1,but the issue is far from settled. “The list was sent in the most unprofessional way,without specifying the position the candidate plays in. Since we are bound to respect the University trials,we will be taking in students from that list. However,we will test the candidates again to judge which position they can play in and thereby admit them depending on whether or not there is a vacancy for that position in the college team,” said Dr Jaswinder Singh,Principal of SGTB Khalsa College.

Delhi University Sports Council (DUSC) Coordinating Director Dr Sudarshan Pathak,however,says such retrials are invalid. “Colleges cannot test the candidates again. If they need any sort of verification as to what positions the candidates play in they can contact the University. I will talk to the Khalsa college authorities regarding this,” she said.

“The centralised trials will eventually improve the quality of sports in the University. However,we are facing these problems because the physical education staff is not ready to cooperate,” claimed Pathak.

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The candidates,however,beg to differ. “I was allotted six points despite being a regional-level table-tennis player,while my friend who is a state-level player was given 12 points. On top of this,we were made to play a knockout game,which means that if you lose once,your turn is over. Nothing was planned and it was quite chaotic during the trials. It was terribly unfair,” said a candidate from Goa.

Students complained of not being given enough time,as well as delays in the trials. “The trials were supposed to begin at 8.30 am but finally started at 11 am,” said a table-tennis player. For cricket,all 300 applicants were tried on the same day.

Meanwhile,the fate of colleges whose lists of students applying under the sports quota were not approved of by the University still remains unclear. “Since these colleges did not provide us with proper data,these colleges will probably not avail the sports quota this year,” said Dr Pathak.

First published on: 07-07-2010 at 01:14:19 am
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