The admissions under sports quota in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have started for the academic session 2011-12 for both under-graduate and post-graduate courses.
The competition is going to be very tough this year as the number of candidates is approximately four times the number of seats. Under sports category, there are a total number of 65 seats available for under-graduate courses and 26 seats for post-graduate courses.
The competition has also risen because this year majority of the candidates are the ones who have played at national-level sports competitions. A letter of counselling has been sent to candidates who want to acquire admission under sports quota only on approval of USB in varsity.
In order to be eligible for sports seat the student need to appear in a qualifying examination. Also, the candidate must fulfill a norm of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) which states that he should have played an inter-university tournament. Other than this, the applicant should have played national games at least up to qualifying examination or in inter zonal/zonal inter-university tournament/championship of AIU games, without any break in participation.
According to the report of USB office in varsity, September 10 and September 11 have been fixed for practical tests and admissions of post-graduate programmes and September 20 and September 21 have been fixed for under-graduate courses.
The applicants found eligible for sports quota seats would have to appear in qualifying practical test (modified AAPHER youth fitness test of 40 marks and playing ability test of 60 marks in the concerned game or event). The applicant has to secure 35% in each test conducted by a committee constituted by USB in consultation with the controller of examination, added the general secretary of USB.
However, an applicant who has represented India in or an Indian (combined) university team in world universities' game is eligible for direct admission provided he or she has passed the qualifying examination and applied for admission in the course before the last date of submission of application form.
Also, there are some games which will not be considered for admission as either these games are not approved by AIU or the university has not adequate infrastructure. The games include ball badminton (men and women), baseball, canoeing and kayaking, cycling, fencing, korfba, pistol/rifle shooting, rowing, softball, tenicoit, karate, boxing, carom, circle kabaddi, gatka and taekwando.