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Students look to ECA and sports quotas for campus berths

With the first cut-off list closing some of the most-wanted courses in DU colleges,students are now turning to the Extra Curricular Activities and sports quota to gain admission to the courses of choice.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
June 22, 2011 12:45:04 am

With the first cut-off list closing some of the most-wanted courses in DU colleges,students are now turning to the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) and sports quota to gain admission to the courses of choice. The sale of ECA and sports forms for several colleges began on Tuesday.

Shaleen Sharma,who scored 88 per cent in Class XII,said,“I want Economics in one of the top colleges like Lady Shri Ram or Hindu. I’ve done theatre throughout school,so ECA is a good shot to take.”

Arjun Shankar,who has 92.5 per cent and a seat in a Chennai college,said,”SRCC is the best college in the country and though I haven’t made it through the cut-offs,I’m going to try through basketball.”

There are some,however,who are applying through the quota’s so they ensure that they get to pursue their interests in college. Sagarika Mehta,who has 92 per cent and has already secured a seat in Hindu College for her desired History Honours course said,“I’ve always been fond of debating and want to continue it in college as well. I’ve been told that ECA students get leeway with things like attendance which is bound to suffer otherwise. So applying through the quota makes sense.”

The ECA societies and sports teams of various colleges are also eagerly looking forward to the trials. Pritish Agarwal,president of the Hindu College Debating Society said,“We are always hoping the best students at these ECA activities pick our college. So there are always society representatives on the dates of the trials. When someone applies through the quota,largely they are very good or very dedicated. Very rarely does someone make it through the quota and then not debate or quiz or dance in college.”

While the pool of students applying through the quota may be smaller,students are aware that the competition will be tough. Colleges across the university admit very few students through the quota. Dr.V.K. Sharma,principal of Ram Lal Anand College said,“There will only be about 20 sports admissions and 12 ECA entrants.” Dr IS Bakshi,principal of Dyal Singh said the number of students admitted was likely to be around 15 in both categories.

Sagarika Mehta said,“I know competition is going to be tough,but this is a smaller pool,and a skill that I have honed.”

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