Disappointment has been expressed by the students and stakeholders of Delhi University who were asking for the restoration of ECA quota admissions at Delhi University. The disappointment has come in light of the decision of the University to admit students based on certificates and no trials.
Yashvardhan Shukla, a student of Venkateshwar College, said that many disciplines under the ECA quota do not have stipulated authorities who issue certificates, unlike the Sports quota. Yashvardhan Shukla has been campaigning for the restoration of the ECA quota admissions.
The validity of marking students under various categories has also been questioned by Mr. Shukla. The various categories include the amount spent by a student in the learning activity. He also highlighted that different individuals pick up a skill at different times.
Manya Dobhal who had got a seat in Lady Shri Ram College through dance ECA quota in 2018, said that the competitions are held at various levels- inter-school, intra-school, etc. In such competitions, judges are not always experts. She said that the certificates can easily be forged as they were not the representation of an individual’s ability.
On Monday, the members of the executive and academic council also wrote to the Vice-Chancellor. They have argued that it will not be a sound basis to depend solely on the certificates for the evaluation of individuals’ performance. They said that ECA trials can be held at college levels, ensuring physical distancing.
An official said that a university sub-committee was formed to look into the matter. The sub-committee had considered various options of conducting trials, before deciding against it. The option of conducting trials through a third-party agency was considered. But the cost of undertaking such an exercise was immensely high.
This proposal was rejected by the officials as it will still require the students to travel to the center. The online trials were rejected because of technological issues. The official said that the university’s servers will not be able to handle the load if the videos of 25,000 ECA applicants were uploaded.
The applicants might be at a disadvantage because of poor connectivity, in case of live video calls.
The official also said that earlier, the committee had unanimously agreed to not hold any trials for ECA. This is because the certificates will be unstructured and video trials could not have been authenticated. In its latest recommendation, forensic verification through third-party agencies was recommended.