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DU admission 2018: ECA trials begin, date clash angers students

DU’s late notification led to overlap of date and time of trials at various colleges and also made it difficult for outstation students to make travel arrangements.

College admissions 2018 Updated: Jun 23, 2018 15:53 IST
HT correspondents
HT correspondents
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A student seeking admission in Delhi University performs during the dance trials under extra curricular activities (ECA) quota at Mata Sundri College for Women on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

The first day of preliminary trials for admission to undergraduate seats reserved at Delhi University for those who excel in extra-curricular activities began on Thursday.

Though the process went without glitches at large, some students complained of a late notification of the trial schedule and clashes with trials for other activities, while others were unaware that trials were to be held in an alphabetical order, with students allotted specific dates and time.

Gayathri Ravikumar, 18, an applicant from Trichy, attended the preliminary trials for Indian classical dance at Mata Sundri College on Thursday, and said that a late notification of the trial dates made it difficult for outstation students like her to make travel arrangements.

“While the online application procedure is very straightforward and smooth, the schedule wasn’t friendly to outstation applicants. The rules for preliminary trials were announced two days ago, and there wasn’t much time to prepare,” she said.

Some students also claimed that they were unaware that applicants were being called at specific times on specific dates. As a result they turned up for trials on the first day itself, even if it wasn’t their turn.

“Thankfully they allowed us to give trials and did not send us away. In fact, if not, then my trials for theatre would have clashed with my music trials,” said Himani Moulik, an 18-year-old sociology aspirant, who was at Ramjas College for theatre trials.

According to the alphabetical time schedule released by the university, Moulik would have had to attend the theatre trials at 10.30 am at Ramjas College in north Delhi, and head over to Rajdhani College in west Delhi by 1 pm on the same day for the trials in Indian music.

“The data with the alphabetically ordered list of students, and the specific time and date slots to be given to them, was uploaded late on Wednesday afternoon, so I think a few students missed it. We allowed students who had emergencies, or clashes with other ECA to give trials on Thursday itself. Otherwise, we asked them to come back on their assigned date and time,” said Taruna Joshi, the ECA convenor at Ramjas College.

Joshi also said that for students who encounter clash between the times and dates allotted to them, DU advises them to give priority to the trial of the activity which is of a shorter duration.

“Theatre trials are being held from June 14 to June 21, so we can accommodate them on any one of these days,” Joshi said.

First Published: Jun 15, 2018 10:01 IST