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Inflation catches up with Stephen’s

Studying in St. Stephen’s College is going to get more expensive in the upcoming academic session. The college has decided to raise its fee by more than 20%.

delhi Updated: May 26, 2011 00:36 IST
Mallica Joshi

Studying in St. Stephen’s College is going to get more expensive in the upcoming academic session. The college has decided to raise its fee by more than 20%.

“We are living in an inflationary age. The prices of all commodities have increased hugely in the past one year. Increasing the fee is the only way to keep up,” said Valson Thampu, principal, St. Stephen's College.

Earlier, the tuition fee for humanities students was around Rs 14,000.

This has now been increased to Rs 18,500 this year. The fee for science courses too has been hiked, by almost R4,500 and now stands at Rs 20,000.

The college had earlier, during the unveiling of the Vision Document 2050, indicated that the fee structure would undergo a revision in order to provide students with the best possible infrastructure. The last fee hike happened in 2009. “We do not want to tax the parents too much but this is the bare minimum, which we were forced to increase,” Thampu added.

The fee structure in other colleges is quite low as compared to St Stephen’s. At Hindu College, the tuition fee lies between Rs 6,000 and Rs 8,000. At Miranda House, the fee is between Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000, the highest being for Bachelor’s of Elementary Education—Rs 12,000. Kirori Mal College too charges around Rs 8,000 for every course.

Facilities to be improved
While a fee hike may distress students and their parents, the improved facilities are certainly going to benefit the students. The university has granted the college R2.5 crore for a new science block, work on which is already on.

Since long, students had been complaining about the lack of proper laboratories in the college.

“The science block was called the ‘shady block’. I hope after the new block comes up, the facilities will improve,” said a student, requesting anonymity.

The joint common room and the ladies' common room are also set to be renovated. “We will try and build the best facilities,” Thampu said. The college cafeteria—immensely popular among college students, outsiders and the alumni—will also undergo changes. “We will lay a new floor and improve the kitchen. It will become more hygienic,” Thampu said.

Course Profile B.Sc(Hons) Chemistry
For those of you who enjoy working in the laboratory conducting salt analysis and other experiments, B.Sc Chemistry (honours) is a subject you will certainly enjoy.

Involving extensive studies in the fields of organic and inorganic chemistry, lab work is an integral part of the course.

The semester syllabus, which was implemented last year, comprises 24 papers across six semesters.

These include 16 papers of the main subject (chemistry), six minor subjects (physics, mathematics and biology) and two interdisciplinary subjects. The main papers include five papers each of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and one newly introduced paper on 'Analytical Methods of Analysis'. Minor subjects include two papers each of physics, math and molecular biology.

Interdisciplinary papers include one paper each of English and Applications of Computers in Chemistry.

Studentspeak
"For a student who enjoys working in the lab in school, chemistry will be a great option. A lot of practical work is involved," said Rishi Anand, a third-year student at Hindu College.

But students believe that facilities in the university need improvement. "The curriculum is well-rounded and provides a lot of scope for future research. However, the procedures and technology employed need to be improved upon. Most of them are obsolete, as a result of which students who have gone abroad feel that the curriculum is insufficient," said Soumyodipto Mukherjee, who is studying the subject in St. Stephen's College.

Teachers’ space
According to teachers, the biggest scope of the subject lies in research. If you want to be associated with any laboratory like Ranbaxy in the future, chemistry is your best bet.

"Analytical chemistry, a new topic that has been introduced, will help students work in areas of industrial chemistry," said Sarita Passey, who teaches chemistry at Zakir Husain College.

It also opens up options to study biotechnology, biochemistry, metallurgy, and environment sciences. "Most students opt for further studies. In pure sciences, further research is always an option that students should explore," Passey added.

The subject has applications in various fields like medicine, engineering, architecture and in many industries. Other options like MBAs, teaching in schools and colleges are always there.

(Compiled by Mallica Joshi and Shaswati Das)