The decision to retain the ECA quota has been taken by Delhi University, after several artists requested the Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice-President of India, to intervene in the matter. Venkaiah Naidu also happens to be the Chancellor of the Delhi University.
However, after the decision, several people have called out this move as tokenistic because the admissions under this quota will be carried out without any trial.
Geeta Chandran, a Bharatanatyam dancer, who had approached Naidu said that there is no meaning without trials since one can easily buy certificates in this country.
She pointed out that the whole education system is turning online during this pandemic. She asked if the students can be educated and evaluated, then why cannot the trials be conducted online?
According to her, certificates were a wrong way of assessment of art since art is not competitive. An artists’ involvement and passion have to be seen.
Chandran said that there were two ways suggested by them to hold admissions under the ECA quota. She said that one suggestion was to ask for CDs from candidates in order to shortlist them before holding trials for the truly competent students.
Another suggestion was to conduct online trials. But DU decided to with trials for the ECA quota.
They are planning to approach the Vice-President again after bringing in more artists.
Ragini Chandrashekhar, another dancer, wrote on social media that these certificates which are available by the dozen, have no value whatsoever. To seek admission to the ECA quota, trails should be the only way. The panel should have artists.
A teacher, Samyukta Ninan, said that in schools, 14-year-olds are taking part in online seminars, competitions, workshops, and are performing for the elderly. Then why cannot Delhi University pull its act together?