The first day of sports quota trials at Delhi University’s SGTB Khalsa College on Tuesday turned out to be a chaotic affair for the over 1,500 applicants.
The trials ate into most of the day, continuing till the evening, even as parents and students scuffled with college authorities over lack of facilities and gross mismanagement in conducting fitness tests.
“We were told to report by 8 am. But the trials began at 10.30 am. There was no facility for sitting, no waiting area for parents, no organisation on the part of authorities. It has been a nightmare of an experience,” a parent, who had come from Meerut for his daughter’s fitness test, said.
At the venue for the trials — Delhi Police’s Polo Ground in GTB Nagar — there was only one small shed that could accommodate, at most, 50 people. There was no facility for drinking water, or a place to take shelter from the blazing seat, several parents said.
Occasional scuffles broke out between students standing in the lone serpentine queue where fitness certificates were being given out. “I have been standing for an hour and the line hasn’t moved an inch. There is no separate queue for girls, and the boys keep barging into the line,” a woman hockey player told Newsline.
Parents and students also expressed anger over the college not issuing any notice regarding documents that they were expected to carry.
“It is a fitness test, not a sports trial. But the college is demanding a photo id proof, a photograph and class XII marksheet to issue the certificate. None of this was mentioned in the sports quota form,” a hockey player, who had come from Ghaziabad, said.
College authorities, however, blamed parents and students for all the ruckus. “We didn’t expect so many people to turn up. The fitness test was meant for students, and not parents. There was no need for parents to come,” Jaswinder Singh, principal of SGTB Khalsa College, said.
College officials said they had received about 1,450 applications for the sports quota, which is nearly 200 more than last year. Each college is required to reserve minimum 5 per cent under the sports quota in all undergraduate courses, although the college may decide the actual number of seats to be offered.