This year Delhi University has seen very fewer registrations sports quota registration for various undergraduate courses. The admission portal, till Monday, just five days remaining for the registrations to be closed, only a handful of students applied through sports’ reservation.
Many officials said that the students are facing a lot of problems while issuing the certificate from the respective offices. Also, some administrators cited that due to changes in the sports quota admission process, students found it uneasy to register under this category.
In view of the Covid-19 circumstances, Delhi University this year has consented to avoid the trials that are held for admissions under the sports quota. The nominees will be given admissions based on their merit and participation certificates only. In DU colleges, 5% supernumerary seats are dedicated under sports and extracurricular activities (ECA) categories altogether in each course. This year, the university has decided to discard admissions under ECA categories, excluding NSS and NCC, owing to the current situation.
According to data shared by the university’s admission department, the number of applications received this year from candidates opting for popular sports, such as athletics, football, basketball, and cricket, which is not even 30% of the previous year, as of Sunday. For example, the overall number of applications collected under the sports quota from aspirants choosing football was 1,578 last year. However, only 317 students have applied under the discipline this year till Sunday evening.
Furthermore, the number registrations in athletics, basketball, crick, et, and volleyball stood poor at 360, 344, 2,48, and 227 respectively, till now. Last year, the number of applications in this discipline are 1,297, 1,223, 1,001, and 940, respectively.
Pankaj Sinha, a member of the DU’s sports committee, said that nominees are facing complications in getting their participation and merit certificates granted. These certificates are to be uploaded along with the applications. The headquarters of schools, universities, federations and sports academies are shut for more than two months in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to this pupils have not been able to get their merit and participation certificates administered. This is an important reason as to why many could not apply to DU as of now. It’s necessary for the candidates to upload receipts with their applications. We do not allow letterheads or any slips. We are sure that the number of applications will boost in the next few days, he said.
Sinha said that around 700 pupils striving admissions in postgraduate courses under the sports quota have also related to the assignment of their certificates from the University’s council itself. We have obtained many petitions from the candidates requesting to expand the dates of registration so that they can get some more time to get their sports certificates issued, he asserted.
Various sports teachers in colleges across the University said that the differences in the norms this year can also be a reason behind low applications. Mukesh Agrawal, assistant lecturer in physical education in Maharaja Agrasen College, said, Every year we get so many pupils who either did not get alternatives to play above the zonal level or avoided participation in the competition in order to focus on their studies after class 10. Many pupils last year did not have winning certificates but they conducted well in the trials. This year, these students will get implicated. Many students might not apply in the sector thinking they won’t get admission.
For pertaining under the sports quota, aspirants have to submit merit or participation receipts of the preceding three years. This year the certificates dated May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2020, will be acceptable.
Benu Gupta, associate professor in Physical Education at Kirori Mal College, asserted, it’s logical that the pupils are unable to obtain original certificates of the tournaments that had happened immediately before the lockdown was notified. In such cases, the management should contemplate the letters put out by the concerned authorities.