St. Stephen's college announced its new admission policy. The college’s supreme council has decided to reserve 40 per cent seats for Christian students.
Of these seats, 25 per cent will be reserved for Dalit Christians. Another 40 per cent seats will be open to students from the general category, based on merit. Besides the admissions policy, supreme council chairman Reverend Karam Masih announced that principal-on-leave Anil Wilson has resigned from his post.
“I have to announce that Dr. Anil Wilson’s request for voluntary retirement … was placed on the agenda of the supreme council meeting yesterday, and the Supreme Council has ratified it unanimously.” On the new admissions policy, Masih said the college would conduct an audit to ascertain the academic merit of the institution. Reverend Valson Thampu, officiating principal of St Stephen’s College, said: “I intend to carry out this audit over a period of three years. The progress of each student will be monitored — right from the moment he joins the college to the moment he graduates.”
The cut-off marks for admission of Dalit Christian students has been fixed at 60 per cent for all courses. The college will also reserve 15 per cent seats for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students, physically challenged candidates and wards of war victims. But the college is yet to decide upon the division of the 15 per cent seats among SC/ST, the physically challenged students and children of war victims.
The college is also set to start remedial classes for all underprivileged students. “We will decide (upon the division of seats for other reserved categories) when the cut-off marks are finalised,” said Thampu. He said the college will review the admission policy again next year. “This year, even meritorious Christian students will be admitted under the reserved seats,” said Thampu.