St. Stephen’s College is set to cancel the admission of 80 students who were admitted under the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). This is being done as the sanctioned strength under the three-year programme is much lower for the Economics (Honours) and English (Honours) programmes for which the college had already admitted students before the FYUP rollback controversy commenced.

“The list of provisionally selected candidates for Economics Honours, one of the most sought after courses in St. Stephen’s College was drawn on the basis of a sanctioned strength (under FYUP) of 100. Similarly, the College had shortlisted applicants for interviews for admission to English Honours on the basis of a sanctioned strength (FYUP) of 60. In 2012, the corresponding intakes for these courses were 50 and 30 respectively. In strict compliance with the University guidelines, St. Stephen’s College is now putting up a truncated list of selected candidates in accordance with the sanctioned strength in 2012. Consequently, 50 applicants who had qualified for provisional admission will now stand excluded and 30 candidates who would have been in the English Honours list will be left out,” said St. Stephen’s College spokesperson Karen Gabrielle.

College principal Valson Thampu has explained the recent action. According to the college, they had applied to DU in 2011 for permission to increase the intake to these courses in view of the fact that these two courses attract the best applicants from all over the country. University inspection teams had visited the college and satisfied themselves on the capacity of the college to cope with the increase in seats. “This does not affect the intake in any other course as the courses abolished to make way for the FYUP are being fully restored. St. Stephen’s College has renewed its request to the University of Delhi for permission to increase the sanctioned strength in these two courses. The students who got left out from the Economics and English Honours courses due to the reduction of seats, as compared to last year, shall be accommodated as and when the required sanction is accorded, provided it comes soon enough,” added Ms. Gabrielle.

The college will also be opening admissions for its newly restored B.A. Programme and B.Sc. Programme courses. The online applications will begin from Wednesday and the last late of applying is July 8 midnight. The list of candidates shortlisted for interviews will be announced on July 9 and interviews will be held on July 11, 12 and 14.