Punjabi University cries foul over MAKA trophy

Updated: Aug 26, 2010, 22:59 PM IST

Patiala: Patiala`s Punjabi University has leveled serious allegations against the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) for grossly violating norms to award Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) trophy to the best sporting university in the country.

The President of India Pratibha Patil is scheduled to give away the MAKA trophies to Punjabi University and Amritsar`s Guru Nanak Dev University at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Sunday.

But Punjabi University is likely to go to court to get justice after it joint winners along with GNDU.

Punjabi University`s Registrar, Dr Manjit Singh told reporters that AIU had snatched away the Patiala-based university`s right to win a hat-trick of the MAKA trophy by declaring GNDU as the joint-winner.

Singh said the AIU had held a meeting on August 3 last to measure points for awarding the MAKA trophy for the years 2008-09 and 2009-10 and all the universities were asked to present their cases.

He said Punjabi University had pointed out many cases of bogus presentation by GNDU.

The allegations raised by Punjabi University, included declaring the GNDU`s Tug-of-War team as ineligible as it was not approved by either the Indian Olympic Association or the Sports Ministry.

Similarly, an archer Suman was declared ineligible to participate in the Inter-University competitions.

Singh further said that according to rules the AIU was supposed to minus 20 per cent of GNDU`s points for wrong representation which it did not.