New Delhi: Punjabi University, Patiala on Tuesday expressed its grievance at not being considered for the prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Award, which is normally presented on the National Sports Day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.
     
The university's bone of contention is that despite its students brining laurels to the country in international events, it has been ignored.
     
Shooter Harveen Srao and archer Gagandeep Kaur are some of the sportspersons from the university to have won in international tournaments, including the Commonwealth Games and World Championships.
     
"Our students are consistently doing well in international tournaments but, despite the results, we are not being considered for the award. The award was not even given last year, and this time also, it so is the case this year too," said Raj Kumar Sharma, director, sports, Punjabi University.
     
While the award was not part of the sports day honours last year, Punjabi University won it the last time it was presented, in 2010.
     
Sharma said that of all the universities in the country, his institution has the best credentials as it is "8000 scoring points ahead" of the rest.
     
The top overall performing university in the Inter-University Tournaments is given the MAKA Trophy. It was instituted in 1956-57.

(Agencies)

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