High cutoffs of the prestigious Delhi University (DU) have left many students worried. But, certain students secure direct admissions in the University's Undergraduate courses even after the soaring high cutoffs.
Under the sports category, 193 shooters have applied to DU undergraduate courses. The number has gone up as 120 applications were received last year. As per the guidelines, 76 boys and 36 girls are eligible for admission for various undergraduate courses post trials and certificate verification. Soumya Gupta, who represented India at the Junior World Shotgun Championships in Italy in 2015 and also, Nayani Bhardwaj, gold medalist in the 10m air pistol event at the Asian Shooting Championship 2015 in Kuwait are applicants in the sports quota for the undergraduate courses.
"The university's record in the shooting has been good in the last three-four years with star shooters such as Apurvi Chandela earning laurels at international events. This year, 10,382 applications have been received for sports category admissions as against 5,202 in 2015," said C S Dubey, chairperson of DU's sports council.
According to the statistics, DU is expected to send one of the largest contingents of 10 shooters for the World University Shooting Championship 2016 which will be held in Poland. "Many top-notch junior shooters said they prefer to come to DU because it supports its sportspersons. India is winning gold mainly in three events--shooting, boxing and wrestling, which is why there is a growing interest in the sport. Moreover, DU has a big reputation and it takes care of its sportspersons," said Gupta, who is an applicant for SriVenkateswara College.
Shooter Jaspal Rana is a notable alumni of the prestigious St. Stephen's College. In the interest of national level shooters in these colleges of DU, he expressed that he feels the university should have built shooting ranges long time ago. He also urged the university to build smaller ranges in North and South campus, rather than a big facility so that more and more shooters are benefited. "But there should be right equipment and maintenance. I am sorry to say, but my college, which has a shooting range, doesn't have the right equipment. Promising shooters join colleges, but cannot achieve much as there is just one shooting range in Tughlakabad in Delhi. Students can't attend classes and also practice at the same time. So, one has to either sacrifice studies or higher sport," Jaspal said.
The decision still lies in the hands of these students as the colleges introduce recent developments for the shooters so that they bring laurels for the country on the international level. For more such updates across the nation, take a halt at Brainbuxa.