After experimenting with centralised sports trials last year, Delhi University has reverted to the old method for admitting students under the sports quota. DU has allowed colleges to conduct their own individual trials this year due to “some problems”. However, colleges will have to give 75% weightage to the certificates of candidates and just 25% to their performance in the trials, as directed by the university last year. Though sources said the decision was taken after facing pressure from physical education teachers, DU officials insisted that it was only an interim decision which is likely to be reviewed next year.
“This time colleges can hold their own trials though they will have to follow the same formula we used for sports admissions last year. This is just an interim arrangement for this year,” said J M Khurana, dean, students’ welfare. Centralised trials were introduced last year to make the admission process easier for students. Often candidates had to hop from one college to another to appear in trials for the same sport and the dates for different colleges clashed. But amidst protests from physical education teachers, the new system failed to deliver, leaving candidates high and dry. Many had to stand in queues for long hours to get their admit cards. Poor planning marred the entire process.
Though individual trials have been welcomed by teachers, they say not much is going to change unless the university does away with its “unfair” formula. Teachers feel that giving a weightage of 75% to the certificates achieved by the candidates is not justified as such documents can be easily fudged. “It’s wonderful that colleges can hold their own trials now. The university did a pilot run but without success. The centralized trials were a complete mess and students were hassled. Since, DU could not offer another solution, it was best to go back to the system of individual trials,” said Anita Ghosh, associate professor, physical education, Aditi Mahavidyalaya.
S K Chakravortty, physical education teacher from St Stephen’s College, said individual trials will be more accountable but the weightage given to certificates and students’ performance should be at par. A candidate may no longer possess the skills that the certificates boast of. Giving more weightage to the certificates is completely unfair to the students who perform better during the trials. He said, “The policy of centralized sports trials was made by people who had nothing to do with sports. There was massive bungling in sports admissions last year and many candidates were caught with fake certificates. Simply allowing individual trials is not enough. We also want the original policy to be implemented again.”