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ECA trials suffer when college societies not included,say students

With the dates for Extra Curricular Activities trials fast approaching in colleges of Delhi University,students belonging to existing ECA societies in some colleges are seeking their inclusion in the selection process.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
July 1, 2011 2:04:50 am

With the dates for Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) trials fast approaching in colleges of Delhi University,students belonging to existing ECA societies in some colleges are seeking their inclusion in the selection process.

There are broadly two systems in operation — while institutions like Hindu and Venkateswara have a panel of teachers and external judges but no students,those like Ramjas,Kirori Mal and Miranda House involve students in the selection process.

At Hindu College,with trials scheduled to begin on July 4,the management is yet to decide on bringing in external judges.

Anju Srivastava,media coordinator,said,“We are still to decide on external judges. Student representatives of the societies will definitely not be a part of the trials.”

Even if the college decides to bring in external judges,the number will be restricted to one or two. “The external judge for music will be able to select dance candidates as well,and the ones for dramatics can judge debating too,” she said.

Students from the college,however,argue that this system is flawed. “It’s a bad system because,last year,there were five teachers with no specialisation in these disciplines on the panel,and they didn’t know what kind of students the societies need,” said Pritish Agarwal,president of the Hindu College Debating Society.

The teachers are also not convinced that students should be kept out of the panel. “We have to judge hundreds of students across several disciplines,and while we try to do our best,we can do much better if the students are allowed to help,” said a Hindu College teacher,who was on the ECA staff council committee three years ago

In colleges that include societies in the process,both teachers and students seem happier with the results.

Pratibha Jolly,principal of Miranda House,said,“We have experts,teachers as well as students in the committee. Once taken in,students get a direct entry into college societies.”

Colleges that have the best ECA societies,such as Ramjas and Kirori Mal,also credit their success to the student-inclusion policy. Mayank Agarwal,student at Kirori Mal,said,“The students get to select their own candidates.”

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