Every year, around 10,000 students apply for the admission to various courses offered by the University of Delhi under sports quota. However, not all the candidates make it to varsity as only about 3,000 make the cut for admissions to one of the affiliated colleges of DU.
According to recent observations made the officials of varsity, it is indicated among them there are students who produce fake certificates to become eligible for admission under sports quota at DU. They have either furnished the certificates from organisations, which exist only in paper or recognised by neither Indian Olympic Association (IOA) nor Sports Ministry. The reason behind it could also be the failure to cross check the credentials submitted by interested applicants.
For instance, a candidate was withheld for the admission in Delhi University for producing a certificate issued by All Uttar Pradesh State Sports Association which certified him to have won a bronze medal in junior boys 200mts at a state-level competition that took place in the year 2016 at Baruat. In reality, Uttar Pradesh Athletics Association or UPAA is responsible for conducting field and track events in Uttar Pradesh. On the other hand, UPAA had never conducted any such competition as stated in the certificate in the year 2016. Therefore, the certificate produced by the candidate turned out to be invalid or fake. During the sports trails at DU, the candidate scored 37 out 60. Based on the fake certificate, he scored 21 out of 40 taking his aggregate to 58 out of 100 marks which deemed him eligible for admission.
Another student who applied for the admission under sports quota produced a certificate issued by the RGFI or Rural Games Federation of India. In reality, RGFI is not affiliated to either Sports Ministry or IOA. However, the General Secretary of RGFI argued that it organises national level sports competitions in ten disciplines.
Similarly, a student who sought admission under sports quota submitted a participation certificate in athletics issued by National Youth Games Committee of India. The certificate mentioned that the candidate participated in National Youth Games in Raiwala that took place in Haridwar (2016). In reality, National Sports Federation organises youth and age group events. The Youth Athletics Meet was organised at Kozhikode (Kerala) in 2016. Therefore, the certificate submitted by the candidate turned out to be invalid.
Assistant Professor of Physical Education at Keshav Mahavidyalaya, who was also the convenor for athletics at Delhi University revealed that they could only cross-check the certificates after complaints are registered.
Director of DU Sports Council, Mr. Anil Kalkal pointed that the process of cross checking the certificates is a lengthy process, and the varsity would try to incorporate new rules from the next session.