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Only 60% turnout on Day 2 of interview round at St. Stephen's

The faculty and administration at St Stephen's College is a surprised lot this year. For the first time, the college witnessed a low turnout on day two of the interview round on Tuesday. Shaswati Das reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 22, 2011 23:46 IST
Shaswati Das

The faculty and administration at St Stephen's College is a surprised lot this year. For the first time, the college witnessed a low turnout on day two of the interview round on Tuesday.

Only 60% of the students who were called for the interviews for economics and physics — the most popular courses in the college — turned up.

While each year the college calls 300 students for interviews for each course, this time it will see a reduction in the sample size.

"This year, surprisingly, there were fewer students than usual on the second day of the interviews for economics (honours) and physics (honours). The turnout rate was approximately 60-65% although the first and third days had seen a normal 70-75% rate," said KM Mathew, tutor of admissions, St. Stephen's College.

But the college authorities are unsure whether or not the lower turnout can be attributed to the marginally lower cut-offs in the second list.

While students are trying to secure admissions in other colleges before the declaration of the third cut-off list, officials in Stephen's believe that absenteeism cannnot yet be linked to the admission process in other DU colleges.

"We cannot pinpoint it to any particular factor. The low turn-out may be purely coincidental. However, this does not mean that the intake for the courses will see a reduction. It only means that instead of 300 students, we may be selecting from 200-220 students this year," Mathew said.

Some teachers, however, said that the low turnout could be attributed to the new admission process.

For the first time this year, Delhi University came out with its first cut-off list before St Stephens. The interviews have also been scheduled later than usual.

"The drop in the number of interviewees can be because of the delay from the college's end. This year, the interviews are being conducted after the cut-off lists have been declared in the other colleges. As a result, students may have already taken admission in courses of their choice in other colleges and skipped the interviews," said a teacher, who did not wish to be named.