Students who seek admission in the college of the University of Delhi (or Delhi University) under the quota of extracurricular activities (ECA) have a better chance of getting a seat this year if they choose theatre as their discipline.
This year, maximum ECA seats are allotted to the activity of theatre. It has 110 seats under the ECA quota in as many as 49 colleges. The second-highest number of seats are available in Indian Vocal Music which has 83 seats in 53 colleges in total. Indian Classical Dance follows with 80 seats in total 45 colleges and the fourth position of maximum seats in the ECA quota is taken by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) that has 65 seats in 24 colleges.
Delhi University has recognised a total of 14 activities to be considered under the ECA quota for this academic session. These activities are Creative Writing, Debate, Dance, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Music Instrumental (Western), Music Instrumental (Indian), Theatre, Music, Divinity, Quiz, NSS, Yoga, and NCC.
The officials in the admission committee of DU said that debate, music, and dance were the most sought after disciplines in the previous years but theatre has taken their place this year. Due to its immense popularity, almost all the colleges of DU are offering seats for theatre this year. Some colleges are even introducing theatre as a part of their extracurricular activities from this academic session.
Yoga was included in the sports quota activities until last year but it will be considered an ECA activity from this year. However, the number of seats being offered for yoga has gone down from last year’s 23 to a total of 10 this year. A member of the Physical Education Teachers’ Association of DU, Pradeep Sharma, said that the sudden shift of yoga to ECA from sports is the reason why its number of seats has been reduced.
The colleges of DU reserve 5 per cent of seats for the ECA and sports quota and candidates have to appear for trials for their preferred discipline. For ECA, students have to give trials at two levels, preliminary and final. A total of 75 marks are allotted for marking the students based on their trials and the remaining 25 are marked on the basis of the certificates submitted by them.