No easy entry in DU with ECA quota

Only 15 per cent relaxation will be given

Delhi University (DU) has made few changes in the Extracurricular Activity (ECA) quota this year to ensure that deserving candidate get seats.

From this year onwards not more than 15 per cent in academic merit will be given to candidates in specific courses which will be subject to the cut off.

“If the cut off of a specific course is 90 per cent, the ECA quota student will get a relaxation of 15 per cent which means the student should have at least 80 per cent after being given the concession. This implies the student should score well in class 12 exam,” said a senior official.

The move aims to keep the admission process fair for the students who come from general category.

“There were instances where even the students scoring 60 per cent got through prominent colleges in sought after courses where general catergory students could not get through despite high percentage. We wanted to keep some balance in quota and non-quota students,” said the official.

The weightage of certificates and trials have also been changed.

“Twenty-five per cent of weightage will be given to certificates, where the candidates have won or participated in international, national, state, zonal and school level competitions and 75 per cent will be given on the basis of trials (preliminary and final),” said the official.

Till last year, the candidates were not allowed to take part in the trial of more than one activity which has also been changed from this admission season.

“For example, candidates who are good in dance and music can apply for trials for both the activities,” added the official.

Five per cent of the total seats in specific courses are reserved for ECA category students. The ECA admission committee will be nominated by the staff council of colleges.

“At least two experts will be invited from outside as part of the ECA admission committee. They can be from National School of Drama, Sri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, Sangeet Natak Academy and from university depending on their expertise,” said the
official.

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