Now, D.U. Seats Will Be Reserved For Those Who Know Yoga
Even Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports doesn't recognise yoga as a sport.
“It is completely arbitrary to hold yoga competitions for reserving seats for students under sports quota,” Delhi University teachers told NDTV.
When different departments were approached to clarify why yoga was being considered as a sport when Ministry of Sports has a differing view, nobody gave a clear answer.
Until now only the sports recognised by the Olympics were considered under that sports quota.
That Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports doesn’t recognise yoga as a sport. It had recognised it as a sport in 2015, but changed its decision the next year, the report mentioned.
According to the report, the DU Sports Council said that the colleges had requested the university to conduct yoga trials.
The colleges have the autonomy to choose which “sports” they want to include in the quota.
Apparently, many colleges follow Association of Indian Universities (AIU) — a non-governmental body listed under the Societies Act – which lists yoga as a sport.
Although an AIU official denied this to the NDTV reporter. The Calendar of Events 2017 in AIU website does list yoga under sports.
Listing yoga as a sport by the university is an “arbitrary” measure, said Rajesh Jha, a DU professor and Executive Council member. He asserted that the decision was never presented before the Academic or the Executive Council.
“As far as reservation of seats under sports quota is concerned, we have an understanding of reserving them for only those sports which are recognised in Olympics. On what basis can they include yoga in it?” Jha said.
“This will end up undermining the chances of admission of those who are trained in genuine sports. This seems like a completely arbitrary decision,” he added.
Hansraj, Gargi College, Deshbandhu College, College of Vocational studies, Kalindi College and few others are taking yoga trials. There is a five per cent reservation of seats for candidates under Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA)/ Sports quota in DU colleges.