New Delhi: The admission to sports quota in DU (Delhi University) will take place with several changes. As it is not possible to conduct trials, the admission process will be based on certificate scores.
The University has already done away with the admissions under the ECA (Extra-curricular category) this year. It would have been tough to conduct trials because of the norms of social distancing.
The sub-committee meeting for sports, ECA, and other performance-based admissions were held recently. It was decided that for the UG/PG admissions based on sports, the performance/trial’s marks (a maximum of 60 marks) will be clubbed with the sports certificate marks (a maximum of 40 marks).
According to the criteria mentioned in the bulletin for admission under the sports category, the marks which the candidate obtains out of 40 which will be based on the uploaded sports certificate will now be converted to awarded marks out of a maximum of 100.
A member of the sub-committee said that the idea behind this was to ensure that no trials are conducted as the environment was not suitable for it. There were many sports teachers who disagreed with the proposal to give admission without a trial. After seeing the situation, they have agreed to it as admissions based on the sports category are necessary as compared to ECA.
Many sports teachers in the University have said that admissions without a trial as unjustified. Manoj Rathi said that the situation was such that we could either give admission based on certificates or the students would have missed out on admissions altogether.
Rathi also added that sports admissions are essential as they are supposed to keep a sports contingent in the colleges. The colleges will require fresh sportspersons, once the final-year students leave. Specialist players are required in team sports.
He also said that teachers can go on to find out the performance background of the applicants from their participation in such competitions where they were a part of.
Sheela Kumari, a sports teacher at Gargi College, said that colleges should continue to take admissions under the sports quota as they are important for the growth of students. The Coronavirus pandemic is a major issue, but students should not suffer.
A sports teacher at Jesus and Mary College, Anju Luthra, said that her college and St. Stephen’s have a different sports admission process from the rest of the University. They will think whether they will have a similar criterion set by DU for this year or not.