Poor turnout for EC trials under DU quota

Poor turnout for EC trials under DU quota

There was poor turnout of candidates who applied for ECA trials in Delhi University on Friday in spite of changing format of scheduling trials this year for maximum turn out. 

It was the first day of Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) trials at many colleges of University of Delhi (DU) on Friday. DU officials and students said that turnout in some colleges was much less than last year. 

A three per cent quota has been reserved for candidates who are seeking admission under cultural categories like dance, theatre, music and debate in DU. The venue is picked by the university this year. 

According to Dan Thomas, president, Musoc, Kirori Mal College’s music society, the turn out was low because the dates of the trial were changed in the nick of time. “Previously, the dates for the Indian Classical (vocals), was set for July 7 but then that was changed to July 10. I think students didn’t check the website,” said Thomas.

There is no way to communicate with students except through the website now, he added.

He said that last year out of 600 students who applied for the trials, 400 turned up, whereas, this year, out of 250 candidates who scheduled their trial on Friday only 60 showed up.   Another trial for Indian Classical (vocals) is scheduled for July 10. 

A similar situation was reported during the NCC trials which took place in Satyawati Evening College and Kamala Nehru on Friday, where only 10 per cent of the candidates turned up for the trials, said a DU official. 

This year the format of scheduling trials were changed by the university. Last year, one ECA, for example, trial for western dance, was held at many locations across university colleges and students would find it difficult to attend trials in more than one place. Now a particular ECA trial is held only in one college so that all interested students can assemble there.

This procedure also bars students who want to apply for more than one activity, as they may be scheduled on the same day. 

ECA trials in various activities will continue till July 13 and July 20 and 21 selected students will be required to go for admissions to their preferred colleges. 

It was also the last day for admissions under the second cut-off list and general candidates’ seats are vacant in most colleges. 

In Kirori Mal College, Economics (Hons), Statistics (Hons), BSc (Hons) Zoology and BA (Hons) English have completed admissions for reserved categories, but seats for general category remain vacant for these courses.

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