A class 12 student, Dhriti Sharma who has been practicing kathak for more than 8 years now and has also anticipated in several national-level dance competitions, was aspiring to take admission in Delhi University this year.
However, Dhriti and many other students like her seeking admission under ECA were disappointed to hear that there will be no admission in the ECA quota extracurricular activity) this year due to the pandemic situation.
For many other students across the nation, ECA is the option to seek admission in Delhi University.
Dhriti Sharma’s father, Deepak Sharma said that it is disheartening for so many students to know that they will not be able to appear for ECA trails this year for admissions. He added that he can only implore, as a parent, to the university to reconsider their decision.
Shantanu Sharma, who is another hopeful student, was seeking admission and had been up and actively participating in debates since when he was in class 8. Being an average student, he hoped that his debating skills would help him to get admission in one of the DU’s north campus colleges.
In a conversation, he said that this news that the university is not going to conduct ECA admissions makes him feel terribly disappointed. He adds that he had so many plans and if certificates can be considered for admissions in sports category then why not for ECA.
As per the record, around 1027 students got admissions in DU in the ECA category. Even several school principals also want that the university should hold ECA admissions also through certificates.
The principal of Mount Abu Public School, Jyoti Arora, said raised her concern that why should a child’s hard work be denied an opportunity. She said that ECA certificates are also as authentic as sports certificates and that DU should reconsider its decision. Also, most of the ECAs are not group activities, unlike sports, and their online trials can also be conducted easily.
However, it was explained by a member of the standing committee of DU that for the ECA category, the admission cannot be done solely on the basis pf certificates. In fact, many have even raised issues about the authenticity of the certificates.
Students fear the absence of ECA admissions will result in an impact on the cultural space of Delhi University which is known for its societies.
A member of Lady Shri Ram College’s DramSoc theatre society, Varnika Sharma said that many students get the opportunity of admission into a prestigious college through ECA like music, dance and others. The situation has become very scary and bleak for them. She recalled many of her school juniors who have been working really hard for the past few years yo improve their skills so that they can take admission in DU.
Satyamitran Guruhari of Hindu College’s dramatics society ‘ibtida’ added that NO ECA admission will have an impact on the cultural space and this will affect the overall quality of art’s space in DU.