Ten students, who represented India in international sports meets, have been given direct admission to Delhi University colleges this year.
DU colleges have a sports quota of up to 5%, and almost 13,000 students had applied to these seats this year. The students usually have to go through rounds of trials to be chosen for these seats, however, some are given ‘direct admission.’
This provision is reserved for students who have represented India in “Olympic games/ World Championship/ World Cup/ Commonwealth games/ Asian Games/ Asian Championships/ South Asian Games/ Paralympic games” according to the DU Sports Council’s guidelines.
“These are the highest tournaments for sports as recognised by the government of India. We are trying to honour their performance and achievements. Their participation (in these tournaments) is not just an honour for them, but also others,” explained Anil Kumar Kalkal, the director of DU sports Council.
This year, ten students, including eight shooters, one javelin thrower, and one swimmer have been given direct admission.
These sportspersons include, parathlete Rinku who represented India in the Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, swimmer Shivani Kataria, who represented India at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and shooters such as Asees Chhina, Diwakar Yadav, Fateh Singh Dhillon, and Simran Preet Kaur, who were part of the ISSF Junior World Cup held in Germany in 2016.
Others like double trap shooter Bhowneesh Mendiratta and shotgun shooter Manavaditya Singh Rathore, represented India in the International Junior Shotgun Cup held in Finland in 2016, trap shooter Lakshay participated in the 13th Asian Championship held in Kuwait in 2015, and Vidhi Jain, who participated in the 9th Asian Championship held in Iran in 2016,
“These students can get directly admitted to those DU colleges which offer their particular sport,” explained Kalkal.
Cricketer Pawan Negi, who was part of the Indian T20 squad in 2016 and also plays with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, had also applied under the sports quota to the DU, however, due to errors in the uploaded documents, he will have to participate in the trials to be eligible for a seat, said DU officials.
“He uploaded a certificate that says he participated in the Vijay Hazare trophy, which is a national level tournament. We are bound by guidelines and particular about document requirements. So he will have to participate in the trials,” said Kalkal.