Students want roll back of DU’s centralised ECA trials
This process makes things easy for the applicants, as they don’t have to go through several trials in various colleges VINAY KUMAR, MEMBER OF THE ADMISSION COMMITTEE
Students with not-so-good marks, often pin their hopes on the ECA (extracurricular activities) trials to make it to a college of their choice in Delhi University (DU). However, this year the ECA trials have become centralised, and that has left many students unhappy. One of the reasons for students’ unhappiness is that there is no student representation in the selection panel. “Till last year, we used to interact with the applicants and check if an aspirant suits the requirements of our society,” says Shubham Vaish, president, Shunya , drama society of Ramjas College. He adds,“Ab jaise agar humein stage performer ki zarurat hai par ye log hume street performer de denge, to hum uska kya karenge?”
However, the university officials claim that the change has been made for the convenience of students applying to DU, and to make the process more transparent. Vinay Kumar, member of the admission committee, says, “This process makes things easy for the applicants, as they don’t have to go through several trials in various colleges. They can just take the trials at one place. It is also bias-free as the panel of judges have never have met these applicants before.”
However, students have initiated an online petition Reconsider The Central ECA (extra curricular activities) Trials of Delhi University 2016 on Change.org asking to roll back the centralisation of the ECA admissions.
Students of a dance society in Delhi University