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Aspirants try ‘easier’ route into varsity

Gaining admission to Delhi University through the sport and extracurricular activity (ECA) quotas may be tough, but applications keep pouring in. HT reports.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2012 02:07 IST
HT Correspondent

Gaining admission to Delhi University through the sport and extracurricular activity (ECA) quotas may be tough, but applications keep pouring in.

Students who want admission to colleges of their choice often pick up the quota forms as back-up options. The competition for the reserved seats, however, is sometimes fiercer than that for a general category seat.

The forms for both categories have to be filled out for each college separately. Top DU colleges have so far received more than 600 quota applications each.

The demand for seats reserved under the ECA category has over the years been on the rise. As the cut-offs for general category students increase, the number of those applying for ECA quota benefits has also risen.

“The trials have become intensely competitive as the number of applicants is high. This year we are conducting trials in only two sports — cricket and basketball — and hence, the number of applications is lower in comparison to last ,” said Poonam Sethi, admission coordinator, Hindu College.

The college may hold its trials in the last week of June but a final decision has not been taken.

Gargi College has opened the floodgates with the introduction of forms for the quotas this year.

“Till last year, we would ask students to come and register on the same day as the trials. We would get some 60 candidates. This year we have issued the forms and have already received close to 500 applications,” said Meera Ramchandran, principal, Gargi College. Its trials start on June 21.

At Lady Shri Ram College for Women, close to 600 ECA and sport forms have already been submitted. More are expected till Monday — the last date of applications.

“We have seen a rise in the number of students applying under the Model United Nations debating category,” said Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator at the college.

At Ramjas College, long queues have been seen in front of the counters selling ECA forms. “I have scored 91.5% and want admission in BCom (Hons) but I will not get in through the merit list and this is why I am applying under the ECA category. I have done some theatre in school,” said Kanika R, an aspirant.

But experts warn against the attitude. “Many feel that the sport and ECA categories are ways to gain admissions easily but unless you are a good performer you will not get a seat. The colleges have to call experts to judge an aspirants performance and certificates are a necessity too,” said Suchitra Gupta, deputy dean, cultural affairs.

DU colleges can reserve 5% of their seats for students applying under the categories.


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