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DU aspirants turn up for yoga trials for 10 seats

Confusion prevails over selection criteria; ‘reduction in number of seats unfortunate’

Around 70 aspirants turned up at Delhi University’s Bharti College on Saturday for yoga trials.

This is the first year when yoga trials are being held as a part of the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) category instead of the sports quota. Following the shift from sports to the ECA category, the varsity has reduced the number of seats to 10 from 23.

Rashi Yadav who has competed in various tournaments, including CBSE yoga nationals said, “I agree that yoga is too vast to be considered a sport but the reduction of seats is unfortunate.”

Some of the participants complained of the lack of information pertaining to the criteria that they would be judged on. The guidelines put up by the university’s website had no details about what the students should expect at the trials, they said.

“It would have been really helpful if I had known what the trial was going to consist of. The judges simply asked me to do the asana that I knew the best. I had prepared a lot of theory which did not come to use,” said Nancy Gautam, another aspirant.

Aniket Rana, who has been doing yoga for eight years now, said, “The only thing we were told was to bring a yoga mat. I have no idea what I am expected to do at the trials.”

When asked about the criteria on which the panel would be judging, one of the panellists said, “The panel will make a collective decision but it mostly depends on the student.”

Seven colleges, including Hansraj College, Kalindi College, Deshbandhu College and Lakshmibai College are offering seats under the category.

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