Students look at quota routes to reach Delhi University

Most colleges have closed admissions for general category students with the second list,leaving students hoping that they could get a seat in their preferred college or course through the extra curricular activities quota.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 5, 2012 1:53:32 am

Most colleges have closed admissions for general category students with the second list,leaving students hoping that they could get a seat in their preferred college or course through the extra curricular activities quota.

With 92 per cent in Class XII,Jhanak Balhara has taken admission in Economics (Hons) at Janki Devi Memorial College. She,however,hopes to get a seat at Hindu or Miranda House under the ECA quota.

“I appeared for the debate and quiz trials at Hindu,and I have come to Miranda House for their quiz trials. There are just two seats for Economics (Hons) and a large number of students have applied for the course under the ECA quota. So,I don’t know if I will be able to make it to a North Campus college,” she said.

Like Jhanak,Rupanshi Mishra had also come to Miranda House to get a seat under the ECA quota. Her 81 per cent helped her Gargi College for BA (Programme).

“I had applied to LSR,Venkateswara and Miranda under the ECA quota. While I did not get short-listed at LSR,I did appear for the debate trials at Venky and the theatre and debate trials at Miranda House. My application has been accepted at University of Leeds as well as at Nottingham,but I still have to make up my mind about where I want to study. Getting the course of your choice at Delhi University with an 81 per cent is not possible at Delhi University any more,” she said.

Several students who had already secured admission at Miranda House,were also there for ECA trials in the hope of shifting to a course of their choice.

“I gave western dance trials at Ramjas and Miranda House. I have also applied to Hindu and Hansraj under this quota,” said Anushka Sibal,who is enrolled in Political Science (Hons) at Miranda House but wants Economics (Hons).

As per the new guidelines issued by the university,candidates have to give proof of participating in an activity in the past three years.

While colleges like Miranda House are conducting both ECA trials on the same day,colleges like Hansraj and Ramjas will conduct preliminary and final trials on different days.

With five per cent reservation for students under sports and ECA quota,colleges are supposed to hold trials at two levels.

Seventy-five per cent weightage is given to trials and 25 per cent to certificates to prove that the candidate participated at national,state,zonal or school levels.

The guidelines also made it mandatory for colleges to have two experts from outside the college to be part of the selection panel. “We have always had experts from places like National School of Drama and Music Faculty of the University. So,getting specialists this year was not a problem,” said Dr Nisha Vashistha of Miranda House.

Dr V K Kawatra,Hansraj principal,said,“Although the university has asked us to invite experts,and we have specialists from AIR and NSD in the selection committee,the colleges have not been given funds that is needed to get such experts.”

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