The verdict is out. Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) trials are a song-and-dance routine.
Delhi University (DU) aspirants applying through this quota love to make music and dance on its tunes as well. This year also the colleges have received the maximum number of applications for music and dance categories.
Instrumental and vocal music is the hottest choice among aspirants. While the girls applying to colleges are mostly into singing, the guys are all about guitars and percussion.
Colleges also look for such talents to showcase them at their college fests and also at the various inter-college and inter-university competitions. Dr. D.K. Pabby, principal Ram Lal Anand College (morning), said, “We receive the maximum number of applications for music category and it is relatively easier to find good singers and musicians. It is a little difficult to find students who are good in debate or really good in creative writing.”
The other hot categories, which aspirants apply for, are dramatics, debating and elocution.
Salsa and Tango might be the spice of the season in the Capital, but in DU the emphasis is still on Indian classical dance forms. “We encourage students who are trained classical dances,” said Dr. A Sankara Reddy, principal Sri Venkateswara College.
But just being a bathroom singer or an occasional hip-shaker will not get you anywhere. Solid knowledge and a strong background are important to get into the best colleges in the university. “We get many applications for music and dance categories but we sought out and call the ones who are exceptionally good. We see how many years the student has learnt them. The more years a student has been trained, the better. Next they have to go through rigorous trials and later an interview so that we can make an overall assessment of the student,” said Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator, Lady Shri Ram College.
As there are not many national level competitions, the colleges give weightage on certificates won at inter-school level competitions.
The colleges also look for good painters who are selected on the basis of their portfolio of their drawings and an on the spot trial within a stipulated time period.