Not all sports quota seats go to players
This is a discussion on Not all sports quota seats go to players within the RTI News & Discussion forums, part of the RTI News, Circulars and Decisions category; As reported by Ritika Chopra at indiatoday.intoday.on 9 June 2010 The admission procedure for the sports and extra-curricular activity (ECA) quota in Delhi University (DU) is living up to its ...
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Not all sports quota seats go to players
As reported by Ritika Chopra at indiatoday.intoday.on 9 June 2010
The admission procedure for the sports and extra-curricular activity (ECA) quota in Delhi University (DU) is living up to its controversial reputation. For the last four years, Kirori Mal College (KMC) in North Campus has been conspicuously exceeding the number of students the university's admission rules allow it to admit under this category.
A series of documents procured through several RTI applications filed by one of the college professors, S.C. Garg, shows the college has admitted as many as 186 students against its sanctioned capacity of 53 seats across five popular courses between academic years 2006-07 and 2009-10.
While colleges, under university rules mentioned on the official website, cannot reserve more than five per cent of the total seats available in a particular course for students under this category, KMC has set aside up to 10 per cent of the total strength in a particular course, the RTI documents show.
Last academic year, for popular courses such as BCom (honours), the college admitted 13 students under this quota against its allowed intake of four.
Last year in BA (honours) economics, the number of such excess admissions stands at nine. KMC has been similarly flouting admission rules for other sought- after courses such as BCom programme, BA programme and BA (honours) English.
The merit gap between the actual cutoff marks (qualifying marks for admission) for the general category and the percentage at which some of the sports/ ECA admissions have been made over the last four years is as much as 40 per cent in the above mentioned courses.
KMC principal Bhim Sen Singh said the allegations were "baseless". "We do not calculate our sports/ ECA quota subject-wise, but as five per cent of total seats across all courses. These calculated seats are then distributed among whichever courses we want in accordance with our discretion," he said.
He said a resolution had been passed by the college staff council permitting such a procedure. "The university only provides admission guidelines for sports/ECA quota. We have the liberty to formulate our own rules based on these guidelines," he said.
According to Singh, it may also seem like the college has overshot its quota capacity because of the additional reservation for girls under the sports category.
"We set aside five seats for girls under the sports category over and above the total seats in a course. This could give an impression that we have over- admitted students under this quota," he said.
The university, however, does not agree with any of his arguments. According to S. K. Vij, dean, students' welfare, DU, there is no ambiguity as far as the university rules for sports/ ECA admissions are concerned.
"The university rule (five per cent of total strength in each course) is clear. There is no room for interpretation here. And if a college does want to reserve seats for girls under sports quota then it has to be within the five per cent limit and not over and above the sanctioned strength," said Vij, who is also the head of the committee instituted by the vicechancellor to formulate new rules for sports admissions this year.
WHAT IS IT? Colleges reserve up to 5 per cent seats in each course under sports/ECA quota
WHY: Delhi University makes it mandatory for colleges to provide sports facilities and encourage students to participate in extra-curricular events. Hence, colleges need suitable candidates to build sports or, say, debating teams
ADMISSION PROCESS: Students apply to colleges separately and not through the common form. Students are then selected on the basis of trials and their achievements (certificates over the last three years)
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