The staff at St Stephen’s College, Delhi has requested the principal to hold a staff meeting to discuss the changes in the admission policy passed by the Governing Body (GB).
On March 14, the governing body decided to hold an aptitude test for undergraduate courses from this year and increase the merit differential percentage from 20% to 25% for those who come under church of North India (CNI) Church of North India-Delhi (CNI-D). The college has also decided to increase the admission fee.
The teachers claim that the decisions were taken without consulting them. The teachers association held a meeting about the same. According to one of the teacher’s, the decision for an aptitude test is purely an academic matter, but the general body took the decision without discussing it. In the past, departments had said that they couldn’t hold such tests, the teacher added.
In the year 2015, the then principal Valson Thampu introduced the aptitude test along with an interview for the admissions. While 15 marks were allotted for the interview the rest was calculated based on the class 12 marks of the candidates. Last year however, aptitude tests were not held for the Physics and Chemistry Honors program.