For those who had to appear for the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) trials in various colleges of Delhi University on Tuesday, the news of its postponement was definitely not music to their ears.
After abstaining from deciding the cut-offs for the first list, teachers of most colleges continued to dissociate themselves from other admission processes as well. The teachers who are protesting against the introduction of semester system have refused to be on the panel of experts who judge the ECA trials.
Students who had turned up for the Indian classical dance trials at Miranda House on Tuesday were visibly upset. "I came from Kolkata and have already booked my return tickets. What should I do now? They should have told us earlier. We were informed quite late," said Sonali Das (name changed), an applicant.
Those who were to appear at Ramjas College for the Western choreography trials were also concerned. "All my hopes are pinned on the ECA trials. I want to study Economics (Honours) from Ramjas College. The postponement has made me nervous," said Nikita Gulati, who has scored 90 per cent.
Principals, however, have things sorted out. "Why should the students suffer due the agitation by teachers? For a student, uncertainty over admissions can be really distressing. Since the teachers are not cooperating, we will call experts from various cultural fields to judge the trials," said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College. The new dates for the trials will be announced soon, he added.
Vinay Kumar Srivastav, principal, Hindu College, said that the college will have judges from outside for the ECA trails. "No one is above the institution. The well-being of the candidate is foremost in our mind, so we will go ahead with the trials and announce the dates soon," he said.
But it seems that the sargams, rhythmic steps and acting skills will have to wait, for now.