As Delhi University’s second cut-off list has not come down drastically, lot of students are looking forward to admissions through sports and extra curricular activities (ECA) quotas. However, since every college is free to finalise its own dates for conducting trials this academic year, dates of some of the colleges are clashing, leaving students again with fewer options.
The basketball trial of both Hans Raj and Ramjas College is scheduled for June 29. Hockey trials in Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) and Kirori Mal College are together on July 1. Also, the music trials at Ramjas and Kirori Mal are on the same day on July 4.
Vikas Bhalla with 77% marks in the board exams is quite sure that with his aggregate, he would not be able to make it to any good DU college even after the final cut-off. Hence, he is planning admission under sports quota. But he is despairing over the clash of dates between colleges.
He says, “My only one chance to make it to DU seems to be in vain. I don’t have enough options. If I am not selected by one college, the other college by that time would be over with its trials as well.”
The other concern was with Daulat Ram College, which had declared all sports trials on one day — June 24. Generally, a college takes a minimum of five days to complete the trials.
Rishab Bhonde, aspirant, says, “This is strange. It is not possible to complete all sports trials in just one day. It’s difficult to understand why does this college want to get rid of its responsibilities in one day. And practically it’s not possible for either students or the college.”
MC Agrawal, sports council chairman at Delhi University, who is aware of this problem can do nothing to rectify it as colleges were allowed to conduct their own individual trials this year.
He says, “It is unfortunate that students are suffering due to clashes in dates but the sports council can’t do anything to change this situation. We can only make changes next year. As of now, the colleges should show consideration towards students and try to adjust dates on their own.”
DU’s new system of conducting centralised sports trials for admissions under sports quota last year did not work well, hence it came back to its traditional method of holding individual college trials. But, even now the problem of dates clashing exists.
Bhim Singh Sen, principal, Kirori Mal College, says, “Honestly, we don’t know how to solve the existing problem of dates clashing. There are 80 colleges and every college wants to finish its admissions on time, that is why they are in a hurry. Predeciding the dates for holding trials is not possible because every college has its own staff and sports council, which works on the dates. The centralised system of DU too failed last year. Now even we are confused. The university has to find a way.”