The Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu has advised the authorities of Delhi University to continue with ECA admission quota procedure by earmarking seats for talented artists. This comes after several artists from across the country including Pandit Birju Maharaj and Rajya Sabha MP Sonal Mansingh wrote to Vice President to look into the matter.
Naidu was briefed about various issues including the issue of ECA (Extra Curricular Activities) Quota, Open Book Examination System. He was also briefed on filling in of the pending appointments of registrar, comptroller of examination, librarians, principals of colleges and other officials.
Naidu suggested that the university take prompt action on finalising the examination calendar as well as on filling up vacant positions.
According to Balram Pani, DU Dean of Colleges, the meeting with Vice President was very positive. “We will forward his suggestions over ECA admissions to the admission branch,” Pani said.
Delhi University had cancelled ECA admission this year due to the corona virus pandemic excluding NSS and NCC. Due to the lockdown and social distancing norms, there will be difficulties in conducting trials. This move has led to criticism from students as well as DU alumnis. Many students look forward to admissions under this category as DU cutoffs soar so high it can get inaccessible for many students.
Since then DU has received several requests from parents and students to reconsider the decision. Several letters were also sent to the university and the vice-president of India by artistes and by Rajya Sabha member KTS Tulsi, stating that the decision of no ECA trials would be disheartening for students who are involved in learning the arts.