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Mallica Joshi , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 03, 2013
The past week has been hectic for Delhi University aspirant Mihika Verma who has been hopping from one college to other to attend Extra Curricular Activity (ECA) trials.

Tuesday, however, turned out to be the most traumatic day for Varma as she had to rush from north campus to Siri Fort in south Delhi to attend trials for two different colleges.

"I am a trained Indian classical singer. I had to rush from Hindu College to Kamla Nehru College for my two trials today. I was barely able to make it for the second trial on time and my performance was affected," she said.


Four colleges — Hindu, Ramjas, SGTB Khalsa and Kamla Nehru — had slotted their ECA trails for Tuesday. 

A large number of DU colleges had scheduled their ECA trails around the same time. This means the chances of dates and time for two colleges clashing is certain. A number of applicants had complained about the clashing of dates last year as well.

Delhi University colleges reserve around 5% seats for candidates from the sports and ECA categories. Admissions under these categories are done through trials as well as marks for certificates.

Colleges also acknowledge the problems that arise because of clash of trial dates.

"Every year there are a large number of candidates who miss out on trials in one college or the other. This is not really fair as we asking these children to make an impossible choice," said a teacher at Ramjas College.

Many others also spoke about the need of creating a better system.

"There were many candidates who missed out on a trial in our college today as they could not make it in time for their performances. There needs to be more coordination between colleges to ensure that applicants are not forced to choose between two trials. The university and the colleges should work together to devise a better system" said Geetesh Nirban, media coordinator, Kamla Nehru College.

A large number of candidates apply to colleges under the sports and ECA categories each year. Most of these candidates seek admission in popular courses such as economics, commerce or English.