With St. Stephen’s College refusing to abolish its admissions interview process, the University of Delhi (DU) said on Friday it is “determined” in its decision to reject all admissions made by the college in violation of the Admission Test Guidelines. for central universities (CUET).
The college, confirming the nature of its minority institution, has said it will give 85 percent weight to the CUET score and 15 percent to physical interviews for all categories of candidates, a position strongly opposed to DU, who wants interviews only are taken for the reserved category of students.
On Thursday, John Varghese, principal of St Stephen’s College, had written to DU, informing DU that the college will maintain its “tried and trusted” interview process during admission and asking the varsity to “avoid an unpleasant situation” for students seeking admission. want to go to college. However, DU Registrar Vikas Gupta said the college should follow the university’s admission guidelines.
“We will once again make it clear to them that they must follow the University of Delhi admission guidelines. They will be required to perform access to unreserved seats based solely on CUET scores. We are firm in our decision,” DU registrar Vikas Gupta told PTI. He questioned the need for a separate admission mechanism when the CUET already exists.
In his letter to Gupta, the director of St. Stephen’s had pointed out that it is “actually strange” to suddenly forget the process the college has followed and approved by the university for the past four decades and more. “The decision of the college to maintain its excellent tried-and-trusted interview process and other related steps in the admissions process continues. All candidates applying to the college will undergo the same admissions procedures, without discrimination,” Varghese said.
The university and college disagree over the admissions process, and both sides refuse to back down. On May 9, the varsity had written to the college requesting admission to the unreserved seats based solely on CUET scores.
However, in an admission notice posted to its website last month, the college said it would assign 85 percent weight to CUET scores and 15 percent to interviews for all categories of students. The college also said it reserves the right to proceed with admissions in accordance with its own admission policy guaranteeing it as a minority institution.
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