To familiarize students with practicality, the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior, has launched a condensed course for final year students. “Considering the lack of learning, we decided to start the condensed course for our students who were supposed to pass this year after the first wave ended in January,” says Arvind Singh Sajwan, Registrar, LNIPE. The Institute had to interrupt the condensed course after the second wave of Covid-19 hit the country in March-April.
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Students were called in in small groups to maintain social distance on campus. “As part of the course, students learned the practicality of their course in a holistic way,” says Sajwan. The inclination of students to physical education classes in a post-pandemic world has not affected enrollment in new academic sessions. “We used to receive almost 4,000 to 5,000 applications for 100 undergraduate places. Competition continues to be tough for admission to PG, PhD and other courses, ”Sajwan said. This year, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is hosting an admission test for LNIPE on August 14.
Change of criteria
Last year, in view of the health crisis, the LNIPE did not carry out any physical admission test. “Shortlisted candidates for the written exam were offered final admission on the basis of a certificate of participation in various activities,” says B Basumatary, dean of the North East Regional Center (NERC) at LNIPE in Guwahati.
For this year, they have decided to convene the students in a staggered manner for admission physical fitness tests. “Giving admission on the basis of simple certification will not be ideal as not all sporting and related events have taken place,” said Basumatary, who adds that applicants must bring a negative RT-PCR report to themselves. take the fitness test.
Impact on admission
Lieutenant General (Retired) JS Cheema, Vice Chancellor, Maharaja Bhupindera Singh Punjab Sports University, Patiala, a new entrant in sport and physical education, admits that the current situation has had a negative impact on academic activities in this domain. “The current situation has caused a delay in the start of the admission process and the academic calendar,” says Cheema.
“The global health crisis has forced us to connect to teaching-learning, which is not a feasible option for practice-oriented courses. The closure of the grounds and the sporting events kept us at bay. Students are losing opportunities to learn new things, ”adds Cheema, who hopes for an upward trend in enrollments after the results of class XII are announced.