With solid competition for the 54,000 seats at the undergraduate level in Delhi University, colleges are all set to pick students under the sports quota based on specific needs. Until now, students had to fill a form and undergo a fitness test, after which trials were held at several colleges. Now, students will have to apply according to the requirements of a college, in order to secure a seat for themselves.
“So if a college needs a wicketkeeper for its cricket team, a centre forward for its football team or a goalkeeper for its hockey team, the selection will be focused on these positions,” a member of an admissions committee told Mail Today.
Every year, more than 3,000 students apply at Delhi University through the quota for sports which includes football, cricket, hockey, athletics, swimming, squash etc.
“The colleges will now have to spend less time and the entire process will become hassle-free,” the official observed. “Only those students will apply for the trial who are required by the colleges. The others can apply at other institutes.”
While thousands of students compete to make it to their desired college under the 5% ECA and Sports Quota, experts say that this change in system is likely to be a setback for many talented students. Many, however, feel that that this criterion is fair as trials will be held for everyone but the final choice will be made by the college authorities according to the needs of the sports teams.
The Delhi University admission season will begin from May 24 and the first cut-off list will be out by June 22. The university has also decided to do away with offline applications this year and make the entire admission process online which has triggered resentment in the university.