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Outburst of talent at ECA trials

ECA quota provides a second chance to the students who are unable to secure a seat through the general category.
Hindustan Times | By Samir Sethi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2008 09:42 AM IST

It's a tough time for the faculty members and the student heads of various cultural societies in DU colleges as they have to select the candidates through the ECA quota who fit the bill just perfectly.

According to Dr Radhika Chadha, lecturer, Department of History, Miranda House, "It is a very crucial decision, as these students would be representing the college in various events across the country and could make the college proud by securing winning positions. We are in a fix as to who would be the best candidate. All of them are so talented, making the choice difficult for us."

If an applicant is exceptionally talented, he or she is given a relaxation of 5-10% under the Extra Curricular Activities quota, for which 5% seats are reserved in every course.

It also provides a second chance to the students who could not score well enough to secure a seat through the general category admission procedure.

VY Poorna, an applicant, has been learning Bharatnatyam from Ganesh Natyalaya in Qutub Institutional Area for quite some years now. She could not make it to the course of her choice, which is the Economics Honours through the general category, but she is quite confident that her dancing talent would help her bag a seat in Miranda House, her dream college.

Another applicant, Isha Vallri, who has been learning the western classical form of Piano from the Delhi School of Music for the past 8 years says that this is the only hope left for her, otherwise she would have to compromise on her course of choice, which is the English Honours.

Students, however, must keep in mind that they are bound by the university rules to be present at all inter and intra college events.

An added advantage, though, is that you can bunk your lectures and still manage to get the attendance with a simple one liner, ‘Sir, I need to go for my rehearsals’.

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