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

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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.

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