Edu dept sticks to wrong way
CHANDIGARH: The UT education department, it seems, has made up its mind to overlook the administration’s team selection policies for National School Games.
A couple of days after HT reported about its bid to hold boys’ cricket trials without the sports department coaches, the education department chose to hold girls’ under-19 cricket trials in the same way. Incidentally, in a notification issued by district education officer on November 22 regarding the girls’ trials had mentioned a sports department coach on the selection panel.
But the trials conducted at Government High School (GHS), Sector 19, on Thursday did not see the presence of such a coach, though a 2010 notification from the administration states that the selection trials
CONDUCTS GIRLS’ UNDER-19 CRICKET TRIALS FOR NATIONAL SCHOOL GAMES WITHOUT SPORTS DEPARTMENT COACH
for National School Games should be conducted in the presence of two coaches from the UT sports department.
The two officials appointed for carrying out the selection process at GHS-19 were Anjuman of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, and Deepak of Saupin’s School, Sector 32.
Anjuman is a former women cricketer, and has a coaching certificate from the National Institute of Sports (NIS) to fulfil the eligibility criteria. But Deepak is not NIS qualified, and thus, not eligible to conduct the trials.
The 2010 notification allows the education department to appoint its coaches in case the sports department does not have a coach of a particular discipline.
But in this case, the UT sports department already has four cricket coaches.
When state sports organiser (SSO) Amardeep Singh was contacted in this regard, he said, “We had sent a request to the sports department for appointing a coach for the girls’ under19 trials. But, if no coach came from their side, it’s probably because they were occupied with some other work. However, our own panel is competent enough and has done a fair job.”
But when a sports department official was asked if they had received any request from education department for appointment of coaches for trials, he replied in the negative.