Wednesday, May 25, 2011

[ZESTCaste] DU admissions: St Stephen's College discontinues Dalit Christian quota

DU admissions: St Stephen's College discontinues Dalit Christian quota
Ritika Chopra | New Delhi, May 25, 2011 | Updated 09:52 IST

Four years after it introduced the policy of reserving seats for Dalit
Christians in admissions, St. Stephen's College has decided to
discontinue the quota from this year.

The college used to reserve 10 per cent seats for Christian students
belonging to the SC/ ST and the physically handicapped categories.

This year, however, Christian students belonging to Scheduled Castes
can no longer apply for admission under this quota. This 10 per cent
reservation is now meant only for Scheduled Tribe and physically
handicapped Christians.

Surprisingly, the college authorities have not publicised the
decision, though the admission process at St. Stephen's begins on

"The college wasn't getting any applications from this category.
Hence, it made no sense to continue with this quota. Since there are
no applicants, we didn't announce or publicise this decision," said
St. Stephen's tutor for admission, K. M. Mathew.

He said the decision was taken in consultation with the Supreme
Council, the highest decision making body of the college.

Being a minority institution, St. Stephen's is allowed to follow its
own admission procedure and also reserve up to 50 per cent of its
seats for Christian students.

The college has exhausted this limit and has created various
subcategories within the 50 per cent reservation.

The quota for Dalit Christians, which was introduced in 2007, was one
of the subcategories.

"Apart from the lack of applications, the problem of document
verification is also another reason behind the discontinuation of this
reservation. Dalit Christian students need to produce their Baptism
certificate and an SC certificate. It was difficult to verify the
authenticity of these documents," a teacher of the college said.

Among other changes in the admission policy this year is the decision
to discontinue the weightage given to a candidate's performance in
Class X. Last year, the weightage for admission stood at 75 per cent
for Class XII marks, 10 per cent for Class X marks and 15 per cent for
the interview. Now, Class XII marks carry 85 per cent weightage while
the interview carries 15 per cent.

The college has also replaced its old application forms with OMR forms.

These changes apart, the admission process and criteria remain the
same as last year. The college will admit 400- odd students across
different streams.

Forms and prospectus will be sold from May 25 till June 13. Candidates
can also download application forms from the college website, www.
ststephen's. edu.

The college will continue to keep the merit gap between the general
category students and Christian candidates at 15 per cent. So, if the
cut-off score for general students for, say, English ( Honours) is 95
per cent, then the cut- off for Christian applicants can't be less
than 80 per cent.

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