Objections have been raised by several prominent artists all over the country for the decision of DU (Delhi University) to scrap ECA (extra-curricular) admissions this year.
Earlier this month, it was decided by the University that because of the coronavirus pandemic, admissions under the ECA quota will not take place this year.
Classical dancers Sonal Mansingh and Geeta Chandran have written a letter to the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday. M. Venkaiah Naidu is the chancellor of the University. The artists have appealed to the University to reconsider the decision taken by it.
The letter by the “Guru and artistes of India” read that a recent announcement has pained the artist community greatly. This announcement is of DU scrapping its admissions under the ECA quota this year.
The letter also mentioned the unprecedented stress the arts are already going through and the way this move has aggravated the situation.
It added that this year the constituency of arts has already been reeling under stress which is unprecedented. The valence of the art constituency has been further eroded by the decision of DU to not open the ECA quota to Sports and Arts.
In every college in DU, a 5% reservation is granted under the categories of Sports and ECA.
Around 10,000 students apply every year for admissions under the ECA quota, according to the University officials.
But this year, it has been decided by the University to scrap admissions under the category of ECA. This is because of the coronavirus pandemic. The colleges are unable to conduct trials because of the pandemic.
DU has noted in its admission guidelines that because of the pandemic and the public health guidelines issued, admissions under the ECA category will take place only under the NCC and NSS categories. The admissions under the Sports Quota will be based on certificates and no trial will take place.
Usually, the ECA category comprises of 12 disciplines. These include dance, music, debating, photography, acting. The students can get admissions under these categories based on trials. The students are supposed to perform that activity during the trials in front of the admission committee members and a jury who is selected.
Rath Yatra cited in the letter
The letter from the artists has cited the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the Jagannath Rath Yatra in Odisha. They have argued the ECA trials can be performed in the colleges while following safety norms.
The letter read that if a generous view of the Rath Yatra can be taken, then a generous view can also be taken in this case. They feel that the numbers can be managed through social distancing and COVID precautions of wearing of masks and sanitizing.
It also added that a suitable distance can be maintained between the judge and the artist. During the trial of singing or dancing, the entry can also be restricted.