DU, St Stephen’s standoff continues

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DU, St Stephen’s standoff continues

Saturday, 28 May 2022 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Following the row over the premier college St. Stephen's insisting on following its age-old interview process for admissions along with the Central Universities Entrance Test (CUET) guidelines, the Delhi University (DU) on Friday said any admission in violation of the CUET norms will be declared as "null and void" and its rock solid on its stand.

The DU wants interviews to be conducted only for the reserved category students but the college, asserting its minority institution character, has said it will accord 85 per cent weightage to the CUET score and 15 per cent to physical interviews for all categories of candidates.

On Thursday, St Stephen's College principal John Varghese had written to DU, conveying that the college will retain its "tried and trusted" interview process during admission and asked the varsity to "avoid creating an unpleasant situation" for students seeking admission to the college.

John Varghese pointed out that to suddenly forget the interview process that the college has followed and which the university has approved for the last four decades and more is "strange indeed".

"The decision taken by the college to retain its stellar, tried and trusted interview process and other related steps in the admission process shall continue. All candidates who apply to the college shall face the same admission procedures, without discrimination," Varghese said.

However, DU Registrar Vikas Gupta said the college will have to follow the admission guidelines issued by DU.

"We will again convey to them that they will have to follow the admission guidelines issued by Delhi University.

They will have to conduct admission to unreserved seats solely based on CUET scores. We are firm on our decision," Gupta said. He questioned the need for a separate mechanism for admission when the CUET is already in place.

The university and the college are at loggerheads over the admission process, with both sides refusing to back down.

On May 9, the varsity had written to the college, asking it to conduct admissions to the unreserved seats solely based on CUET scores.

However, college said that it reserves the right to proceed with admissions in accordance with its own admission policy guaranteed to it as a minority institution.

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