Several applicants shortlisted to appear in interviews for admissions to St Stephen’s College have been missing their dates with the institute’s teachers.
On Friday, the day the rest of the colleges’ second cut-off list was released, most teachers waited for applicants to turn up for their interviews.
“The professors were just waiting for the applicants. We have never been so relaxed during interviews before. The applicants who did come in were interviewed for close to 45 minutes each, as we had so much time on our hands,” said a teacher on the condition of anonymity.
According to the college authorities, however, the morning attendance was low but it picked up in the afternoon.
“The number of applicants turning up for interviews is healthy. Between 60 % and 70 % applicants are attending. It is certainly better than last year,” said Karen Gabriel, media coordinator, St Stephen’s College.
But last year, the college had said that the percentage of applicants attending the interviews was around 70 %.
According to some teachers, around 50 % of the applicants turned up for the interviews during the day.
“It seems like the second list of other colleges has affected the turnout and applicants prefer a finalised seat over the uncertain results of interviews,” the teacher said.
The argument strikes true as the number of applicants appearing for the interviews went up in the afternoon and some had come after taking admissions in the second list.
Teachers of the college now fear that the low turnout will affect the quality of students.
“We may have to call in applicants from the wait lists so that we can have a large number pool to choose from,” a teacher added.
At other colleges such as Kirori Mal College, Ramjas and Hans Raj College, however, there was a rush in response to the second list.