The university is also preparing to cancel ECA trials for the academic session 2020-2021 as there is no comprehended body to issue certificates for it.
The University of Delhi offers admission to its affiliated colleges via sports quota in more th27 disciplines comprising archery, athletics, cricket, football, badminton, hockey, swimming, wrestling, tennis, judo, and basketball and others.
Delhi University, probably would not permit students’ admission on the basis of sports trials for various undergraduate courses. This is due to the spread of COVID 19 pandemic in the city. Adding further, DU said that students would be marked on the accountancy of merit certificates.
The University has also directed that new session will not have any entrance from Extra-Curricular activities. As no authorized body is currently available to issue the certificates for the same.
In the DU affiliated colleges, 5% seats are reserved under these two categories collectively in all the courses every year.
Every year, the colleges provide a list of sports and activities for which they need students to the admissions department. Under the sports quota, candidates have to come up for trials in their selected discipline. While the trials carry 60 marks, another 40 marks are assigned based on merit certificates. Under the ECA quota, trials are supervised at two levels until last year, carrying a weightage of 75 marks. And the rest of the marks, on the criteria of certificates of the candidates.
Many sports are incorporated under the admission procedure through quota. Some of the sports are badminton, hockey, tennis, cricket, volleyball, basketball, etc.
Under ECA, there are 14 major activities — creative writing, dance, debate, fine arts, music, music instrumental (such as tabla, harmonium, sitar, dholak, drums, guitar, and sarod), theatre, NCC, NSS, and yoga, among others.
The aspirants are initially selected on the basis of their merit certificates earned in the past 3 years. In the next step, selected students needed to report to the trial centers in the given time.
However, the coronavirus spread has to be curbed and for this “social distancing” is the only solution. To maintain it, Delhi University will indeed restrict the sports trial and would grant admission on the basis of sports certificates.
Shobha Bagai, the chief of the University Admission department told that it is simpler to check the authenticity of sports certificates rather than ECA certificates.
“It’s a massive danger to call candidates to the campus for sports and ECA trials this calendar year. Also, it will not be feasible for students to travel from different states to appear for the trials. So, we are examining if admissions can be given on the basis of certificates issued by authorized sports bodies. In the case of ECA, there is no such policy, and students occasionally submit certificates issued by residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) or local bodies. It becomes difficult to demonstrate the legality of such certificates since we do not have any list of recognized bodies for ECA, unlike sports. Therefore, we have to see if, for a year, we can avoid admissions under ECA,” she declared.
Pankaj Sinha, a sports council member said that the authority should wait till July for any further decision.
“There is a chance that things will be alright by August and we may be able to conduct trials for sports admissions then. We can call students in little batches for the trials to maintain social distancing,” he explained.
Many teachers are in favor to conduct college trials instead of centralized trials.
“This suggestion will certainly help to keep the “social distancing” norm. The university should not completely dismiss the ECA quota for admission. Many academically weak students have their exceptional talent to pursue a DU degree.” Rajesh Jha, executive council member stated.