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Thursday, 11 June 2015

DU sports quota: Arjuna, Dronacharya winners to assess aspirants...........

Delhi University (DU) is roping in Arjuna and Dronacharya award winners to assess the candidates seeking admission under the sports quota to its undergraduate courses.
"We are roping in Arjuna and Dronacharya awardees for the experts' panel for the sports quota admission trials. These awardees will be invited according to expertise in the particular sport. "It is unfair for the students if they are not judged by an authentic expert, so we have decided have them on the panel," said Anil Kumar Kalkal, Secretary, Sports Council.
"The identity of the experts will be kept secret till the day of trials to avoid any scope of bias," he added. DU reserves 5% seats in all colleges under the sports and extra-curricular quota. The application process under the said quota began on May 28 and will go on till June 15.
While the applications are being accepted both in offline and online mode, students seeking admission through sports quota are required to apply individually to different colleges and only in the offline
mode. Revamping its policy for sports-quota admissions, DU has decided to make the process centralised and conduct a common fitness test followed by sport-specific trials at the respective colleges.
"The common fitness trial will take place at the DU polo ground from June 18-20. The candidates can drop in on any of the days and appear for the trials, the results of which will be declared on the varsity website on June 22," Kalkal said.
"Further, unlike in previous years, the students will no longer have to wait for the fitness certificate. The university will upload the list of qualified and unsuccessful candidates on the website and a hard copy will be sent to the colleges. The fitness certificate will have a photograph of the candidate to ensure they do not cheat," he added.
The fitness test, which is only a qualifying one, holds no weightage in the final marks. While 50 marks are allotted for trials, the remaining 50 are for the certificates. In the fitness test, students will have to qualify in either of the two 50-m runs for endurance or the 1,000-m run or walk (candidates' choice) and 'standing broad jump'.
However, for archery, chess and shooting, candidates need to qualify for only one of the three tests. According to DU guidelines, the level of competency is to be determined only for candidates who have achieved distinction in sport over the last three years. Preference is given to sports events in which DU inter-college and inter- university competitions are held.
There is a provision for direct admission for those who have represented the country in the Olympic Games, world championships, Commonwealth Games, Paralympics and Asian championships. They are exempted from the trials.
"In order to ensure transparency, we have directed the colleges to also videograph the trials. The same will happen for the central fitness test as well," Kalkal said. "Three-tiered grievance committees have been set up.
"After the trials and declaration of the result, if a student is not satisfied, he or she can approach the sports committee, which will be given three-days' time (to deal with the matter) before it is referred to the central grievance panel," he added.