In DU sports trials, candidates complain of tryouts without water, refreshments

first_imgApplicants who had turned out in large numbers on the maiden day of sports quota trials for admissions to Delhi University colleges on Friday found themselves on a sticky wicket.Candidates complained of mismanagement as they were made to undergo tryouts for different sports without water and any refreshments even as the maximum temperature hovered around 43 degrees. The scene at the university stadium of the north campus was chaotic as a large number of hopefuls waited for as long as ten hours for their trials.While most applicants reached the venue around 7.30 am, they had to wait till 2.30 pm before the preliminary trials began. Candidates alleged that verification of documents at the venue was painfully slow and this consumed most of their time.”There was no water or refreshments for the applicants and by the time the trials began, we were exhausted with little energy to perform,” said Mohit Tyagi, an applicant at the venue. Students said basketball trials held at the multipurpose hall continued till 6 pm. Tryouts for several sports like archery, kabaddi and kho kho will continue on Saturday.However, students coming from outside Delhi were left stranded as they had to make arrangements for overnight stay.Anshuman Tomar, an applicant, said they were done with just two rounds of the basketball trials and that too by 6pm. “We will have to come on Saturday for the remaining trials,” he said. Mail Today went to the multipurpose hall and found that more than 500 aspirants who were scheduled to participate in the basketball trials were left high and dry.advertisementYashwardhan Kumar, one of those at the basketball trials, said they were made to wait for hours. “We were asked to reach by 7.30am,” said the 18-year-old from Jaipur, who travelled to Delhi the previous night to take part in the tryouts. “There was no order. No arrangements for drinking water. All the applicants were first made to go through the lengthy process of document verification.Next we were asked to take part in the first round, dribble. While some students were made to give the second trial – that of shuffling – right after the first trial, others were made to wait.” “Moreover, we got to know later that drinking water was available, but in the next building and the water was boiling hot,” added the disgruntled student, who hopes to pursue B Com (Hons) from Hansraj College.Despite repeated calls, Anil Kumar Kalkal, head of DU’s sports council, remained unavailable for comment.As per the schedule, Delhi University will hold centralised trials for 33 sports categories across 22 venues. Based on the five per cent reservation under the plan, around 1,700 seats across colleges have been set aside for students. This year, about 12,420 students have applied for admission under the quota.The trials are expected to go on till June 29, after which results will be declared between July 6 and 9. 8-year-old Suryansh Kainthola, who hails from Dehradun, told Mail Today, “The wait here is too long. There are no refreshments. For applicants like me, who came all the way to Delhi just for a trial, it turned out to be a harrowing experience. I came here (to Delhi) for admission at St Stephen’s.”A senior member of the sports council, requesting anonymity, told Mail Today, “Since hundreds of students apply, we have constituted a 15-member panel which verifies their certificates. This year, we have not allowed students to submit participation certificates.They will have to get certificates, enlisting 1st, 2nd or 3rd rank which they secured in their sport. While 40 marks are allotted for documents, 60 are reserved for trials.”last_img

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