Patiala: The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) trophy that Punjabi University won for the seventh time in succession for 2013-14 was received on the University Campus by, among others, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, Dean, Academic Affairs, Dr A.S. Chawla and Register, Dr Devinder Singh amid much fanfare, bursting of crackers and releasing of balloons.
Punjabi University mustered 54,535 points to win this coveted trophy whereas runners-up, GNDU, Amritsar, could collect only 47, 700 points thus creating a difference of 6,835 points. Punjabi University had participated in a total 59 team events in the All India Inter-University competitions clinching first place in 29 teams got first place in 21 teams, second in five and third in four of the teams. On the other hand, players of Punjabi University were awarded a total of 127 medals in individual events in the All India Inter-varsity Competitions.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Jaspal Singh said that it was a matter of great proud for him to receive the prestigious trophy from the President of India for the seventh time in-a-row. He gave all the credit to the university sports administrators and its players for winning trophy for the seventh time. He also promised that better infrastructure and facilities will be provided to the sportspersons to come up with a much better show in future.
Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma, Director, Sports said that winning this trophy consecutively for the seventh time was not possible without the tireless efforts of players, coaches and those working in the backstage in the University and affiliated colleges. He also thanked all the dignitaries present on occasion. A cultural programme was also presented by the University’s Department of Youth Welfare.