Fake cer­tifi­cates get­ting ‘play­ers’ ad­mis­sion in DU

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Navneet Singh sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

On an av­er­age, over 10,000 stu­dents ap­ply through sports quota at the Delhi Uni­ver­sity every year and close to 3000 make the cut to seek ad­mis­sion to one of its 80 af­fil­i­ated col­leges.

Given the neck to neck com­pe­ti­tion to get into one of the coun­tries top uni­ver­si­ties, sports at the uni­ver­sity level too should have been right up there. But that is hardly the case.

Uni­ver­sity sport is in dol­drums and cases of un­de­serv­ing can­di­dates get­ting into DU through sports quota is fur­ther dam­ag­ing the foun­da­tion.

En­ter­pris­ing play­ers have found a way to ar­range for fake cer­tifi­cates and the Delhi Uni­ver­sity Sports Coun­cil of­fi­cials aren’t too ea­ger to cross check the merit of the cer­tifi­cates.

Doc­u­ments in pos­ses­sion of the Hin­dus­tan Times re­veal that some of the can­di­dates have ei­ther fur­nished cer­tifi­cates from or­gan­i­sa­tions that ex­ist only on pa­per or recog­nised by nei­ther the sports min­istry nor the In­dian Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion.

One of the can­di­date from Ut­tar Pradesh, his name has been with­held, has made the DU cut based on a cer­tifi­cate is­sued by an as­so­ci­a­tion called the All Ut­tar Pradesh State Sports As­so­ci­a­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the cer­tifi­cate, he won bronze in the ju­nior boys’ 200m at the ‘state-level’ com­pe­ti­tion held last year in Baruat in Bagh­pat dis­trict.

Or­gan­is­ing track and field events in Ut­tar Pradesh is the pre­rog­a­tive of the Ut­tar Pradesh Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (UPAA) and its sec­re­tary PK Sri­vas­tava de­nied his as­so­ci­a­tion had or­gan­ised any ju­nior state meet in Bagh­pat last year. “We didn’t ap­prove or or­gan­ise any com­pe­ti­tion in Bagh­pat last year,” Sri­vas­tava told Hin­dus­tan Times. “I think the cer­tifi­cate is fake. More than hun­dred such cases have come to light in the past few months,” he added.

At the tri­als con­ducted by DU, the ath­lete from UP got 37 out of pos­si­ble 60 and on the ba­sis of his ‘fake’ cer­tifi­cate, he got 21 out of 40 tak­ing his ag­gre­gate to 58 out of 100 and made the cut.

In an­other case, a can­di­date fur­nished a cer­tifi­cate is­sued by the Ru­ral Games Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia (RGFI), an or­gan­i­sa­tion not af­fil­i­ated to ei­ther IOA or is recog­nised by the sports min­istry.

Pradeep Kataria, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the RGFI ac­cepted it but told HT from Ro­htak: “We or­gan­ise na­tional level com­pe­ti­tions in over 10 dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing wrestling, box­ing and ath­let­ics.”

An­other prospec­tive stu­dent too cleared the se­lec­tion process. He had a par­tic­i­pa­tion cer­tifi­cate in ath­let­ics is­sued by an or­gan­i­sa­tion called the Na­tional Youth Games Com­mit­tee of In­dia, which is said to have or­gan­ised the third edi­tion of the Na­tional Youth Games in Rai­wala in Harid­war, Ut­trak­hand.

The fact is, all recog­nised youth and age-group events are or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Sports Fed­er­a­tions (NSFs). In this case, the of­fi­cial na­tional youth ath­let­ics meet was or­gan­ised by the Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia (AFI) in May 2016 at Kozhikode, Ker­ala. And based on that, the coun­try’s top ath­letes par­tic­i­pated in sec­ond Asian Youth Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship in Bangkok.

Surinder Singh, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion at Ke­shav Ma­havid­hyalaya, was the con­vener for ath­let­ics at DU. He said doc­u­ments are cross checked only if there is a com­plaint.

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