Clash in sports trial dates

A clash of dates for sports trials in some Delhi University colleges has left admission seekers tense as they are worried about not being able to make it to the trials at more than one college on a busy day.

Athletics trials at Indraprastha College (IP) and Jesus Mary College (JMC) would be held on the same day – June 18 – separated by a couple of hours.

Tennis trials of St Stephen’s College and Gargi College clash on June 25 and basketball trials of both Ramjas College and Gargi College are scheduled on June 24.

Maria Mathew, who was accompanying an athlete vying for a seat in both JMC and IP, said: “The JMC athletics trial begins at 7 am and the IP college trial would start at 9.15 am. Travelling from one college to the other could be a problem.”
 
In at least five colleges, the dates for trials of sports and extracurricular activities have been scheduled on same days.

In JMC and IP colleges, boxing, swimming and wresting trials are expected to be conducted on same days.

Geeta Maheshwari, another admission seeker, said: “A clash of dates for basketball trials is in store at Ramjas College and Gargi College on June 24. The Gargi trial would begin at 8.30 am and the Ramjas trial would start at 7.30 am.”

The university has reserved five per cent seats for the combined category of sports and extra-curricular activities in all colleges.

Bunched together

In many colleges in the university, the sports trials are bunched roughly between the same days.

For instance, sports trials at the St Stephen’s College and Ramjas College have been scheduled from June19 to June 27 and June 21 to 27 respectively.

Sudha Raman, an athlete who inquired about the admissions at JMC, said: “I have applied for sports trial in both JMC and IP, but the dates are clashing with each other. The JMC is conducting sports trials from June 17 to 20 and IP has lined up the trials between June 18 and 21.

C S Rawat, convener of the admission committee of Sri Venkateswara College, said: “Generally the sports trial dates are decided keeping in mind the dates taken by other colleges.”

“If some unavoidable clash in dates takes place then the sports admission committees of different colleges try to accommodate students, who are forced to shuttle between different colleges, so that everybody gets a fair chance,” said Rawat, adding  that his college is yet to finalise the sports trial dates.

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