Videos to show sports trials in DU

Will ensure transparency in sports quota selections

Delhi University colleges will upload the videos of sports trials on its website and set up grievance committees to ensure transparency in selection of students through sports quota. The decision comes after the meeting of DU admission committee on Thursday. 

An insider at the meeting revealed that this is part of the varsity’s overall plan to make the selection process “simple, centralised and transparent”. 

DU in the last few years has seen a surge in number of admission takers under the sports or extracurricular activities quota. As per the university’s exiting guidelines, the colleges are allowed to admit up to five per cent of its students under this quota. Sources say the changed policy on the sports/ECA quota will make it mandatory for all DU-affiliated colleges to upload trial videos online. In case a student feels that the selection is biased or unfair, she or he will have an option of approaching the college or varsity-level grievance committees. 

Last year, the Hindu College had scrapped the extracurricular activities (ECA) trials, claiming that the admission process through ECA is fraught with malpractices. 

“College has been receiving complaints, in writing, about malpractices in such admissions. One such complaint was forwarded by the Chancellor of the university, through the Vice Chancellor, to the Governing Body for appropriate action,” chairman of governing body S N P Punj had then said. So learning from the hiccups in the past, the varsity will ask colleges to set up five-member committees, chaired by the principal, to oversee the selection process. These committees will be constituted by the college staff councils, and it will mandatorily have two experts from outside. 

DU has also decided to introduce centralised fitness tests, which will decide the eligibility for sports trials, the principal of a DU college who is part of the 23-member admission committee said.

These tests were earlier conducted by individual colleges. The varsity is likely to announce its admission policy next week.

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