Colleges confused about ECA admission procedure

  • Shinjini Ghosh and Gayatri Moodliar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2016 23:44 IST
Student prepare for an ECA trial in Delhi University. (Hindustan Times File )

The centralised trial for the extra-curricular activities (ECA) have brought with it a number of queries.

Colleges are still unsure of the exact admission procedure that is to be followed once the trials are over. They say they are not sure what should be done if there are more candidates than seats in a college for a particular activity.

“We have sent DU the number of seats available for each society. We still have not received any clear guidelines as to what the selection process and the subsequent admission procedure will be. We are guessing it will be based on merit and a list on the lines of a cutoff will be declared,” said the principal of a college who did not wish to be named.

Keval Arora, staff advisor of Players, the theatre society of Kirori Mal College, said , “This new method has signs of being done in a hurry without understanding the particular challenges of cultural testing. Generally, we test candidates for a range of skills and versatility. This ‘one size fits all’ system is unfair to candidates with particular sets of skills. For instance, an actor who plays an instrument will not be known.”

Colleges said problems will emerge as the university has not defined the modes of testing.

Till last year, colleges used to conduct their own trials and select students. This year a particular college has been selected to conduct different activities.

“Colleges will merely get a ‘merit list’ with names and marks. How are we then to compare the marks of different trials in different activities when allocating courses?” asked Arora.

Maya Verma, ECA co-convenor at Hansraj College said things will be clear only after the merit list is released.

University officials said a detailed guideline will be issued soon.

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