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DU all set to return Games facilities to colleges

The Delhi University will soon return sports facilities created for the Commonwealth Games 2010 to colleges across the Capital.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | New Delhi |
June 24, 2011 1:02:34 am

The Delhi University will soon return sports facilities created for the Commonwealth Games 2010 to colleges across the Capital. The draft of the Memorandum of Understanding,to be signed between the University’s Registrar and college principals,was approved at a meeting on Thursday.

While seven university colleges — St Stephen’s,Hindu,Khalsa,Ramjas,Kirorimal,Sri Ram College of Commerce and Daulatram College — have training grounds for Rugby 7’s,SRCC has an indoor training facility for wrestling.

Though the Games took place last October,colleges had not taken possession of the facilities because they were not completed. They were also demanding that the University make provisions for the continued maintenance of the grounds and stadia,intended to be training facilities for various events.

It is now learnt that the final draft of the MoU does not make it obligatory for the University to finish and repair the structures. “The remaining works are really of a minor nature. However,the Pro-Vice Chancellor has promised to write to the UGC (University Grants Commission) to grant us funds,” said Rajendra Prasad,principal of Ramjas College. The MoU will be signed by this weekend,and the facilities will be transferred in a week.

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The memorandum also allows the Sports Authority of India and other Games federations to use these facilities. “The colleges will retain the right of first use,but if they have not scheduled programmes,bodies like SAI can hold national camps or matches on these grounds,” said Prasad.

At the start of the admissions season,most North Campus colleges were in two minds over using the facilities for their sports trials. Eventually,all of them — with the exception of Hindu College — used them.

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