New Delhi: St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University might consider dropping off the written test component from its online procedure this year. It also may switch to the online mode of interviews this year. This has come as a shift from the usual admission process undertaken by the St. Stephen’s College.
The chairperson of St. Stephen’s College governing body Bishop Warris Masih said that this decision was taken by the governing body of the college. However, a detailed statement is awaited.
St. Stephen’s College is a minority institution in the Delhi University. The college has its distinct admission procedure and a reservation of 50% seats for Christian minority students. Once the cutoffs are released, the college conducts tests and interviews. These tests and interviews have a weightage of 15 marks. The 85 marks are decided on the performance of the student in class 12th exams.
The admission procedure will be completely online for this year. however, the official statement did not specify anything about the scrapping of written exams and conducting online interviews.
Around 11 undergraduate courses are offered by St. Stephen’s and 450 seats. These courses include BA (Hons.) in English, History, Economics, Philosophy, Sanskrit, BSc (Hons.) in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry among others.
Bishop Warris Masih said that it will not be possible to call the students on campus for the written tests.
Therefore, the governing body has decided to do away with written tests this year. For admissions under the sports quota, no trials will be conducted. A detailed notification will be released by the college soon.
The development has been confirmed by a teacher representative in the GB. The faculty member said that it is acceptable that the written tests are scrapped as it is not possible to conduct them. But, conducting virtual interviews will prove to be a nightmare. Every year. around 5-7 students are shortlisted by St. Stephen’s College for each seat for the entrance and interview. To take so many interviews online, will not be possible for the teachers. The process will be unjust for those students who do not have a proper internet connection. The virtual interviews have been opposed by the teachers.
According to another faculty member, the interview component should be done away with for this year. The member said that the advice issued by the DU’s admission committee also states that interviews should be done away with. Online interviews will create a lot of panic and confusion among students.
Arun Attree who is a member of the University’s admission committee said that the suggestion to do away with interviews was for the departments. Any such recommendations have not been sent to the colleges by the committee. This is because the colleges generally do not take interviews for the admissions at the undergraduate level. Though, St. Stephen’s College is an exception.
On Tuesday, the college website said that the entire process for admissions will be online this year. The College has also said that for seeking admissions into the college, a student must register themselves on the Delhi University admission portal. If unregistered, the student will not be able to register themselves for admissions into St. Stephen’s College.