To acquaint the students with the practical aspects, Lakshmiba E National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), started a condensed course for final-year students in Gwalior. “Realizing the gap in education, we decided to start a condensed course for our students who were supposed to pass this year after the first wave was zero in January,” said Arvind Singh Sajwan, registrar of LNIPE. The institute had to close the condensed course after the second wave of Covid-19 hit the country in March-April.
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Students were called in small batches to maintain social distance on campus. “As part of the course, students were taught the practical aspects of their course in a comprehensive manner,” Sajoan said. Students’ inclination towards physical education courses in the post-epidemic world does not affect enrollment in new academic sessions. “We used to apply for 100,000 graduate seats for about 40,000-5,000. The competition for PG, PhD and other courses is getting tougher, ”said Sajwan. This year, the National Examinations Authority (NTA) is conducting an admission test for LNIPE on 14th August.
Changes in criteria
LNIPE did not undergo any physical examination for admission in the wake of the health crisis last year. Dean B Basumatri of the North East Regional Center (NERC) of LNIPE, Guwahati, said, “The shortlisted candidates in the written test were offered final admission on the basis of their certificates of participation in various activities.
For this year, they have decided to call students in a stunned manner for a physical fitness test for admission. “Admission on the basis of certificate alone will not be the norm as not all sports and related events have been held,” Basumatri said, adding that candidates for the physical fitness test would have to bring a negative RT-PCR report.
Impact on admission
Lieutenant General (Retd.) JS Chima, Vice Chancellor, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University, Patiala, a new entrant in sports and physical education, admitted that the current situation has adversely affected academic activities in this regard. “Due to the current situation, the admission process and the start of the academic calendar have been delayed,” Cheema said.
“The global health crisis has forced us to go online for teaching-learning which is not a viable option for nature-based practice courses. The end of field and sports events has overwhelmed us. Students are losing the opportunity to learn new things, ”added Cheema, an upward-looking optimist in registrations after the announcement of Class XII results.