Edu dept sticks to wrong way

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - SPORT/IN & AROUND - Kuldeep Pan­war Chd­sports­[email protected]­dus­tan­

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


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.

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