St. Stephens Delhi hikes quotas
The prestigious St. Stephens College Delhi is proposing to hike the quota for Christians from 30% to 40%. The general “merit” quota will be cut by a corresponding 10%.
Saumya Saxena scored 92 per cent in her XII boards and she was sure of getting admission into the prestigious St Stephens College in Delhi University but she might be in for a huge disappointment.
The coveted minority college is planning to increase their seats in the Christian quota by another 10 per cent, which means that the seats in the General quota will also be reduced by 10 per cent.
Source : NDTV
It appears that the principal of the college is almost taunting the public when he says :
The policy is the initiative of the recently appointed officiating principal Valson Thampu. He has been quoted as saying that the “TMA Pai judgment in 2002 clearly states that 50 per cent of seats in a minority institute must be reserved for members of the minority community. It’s a constitutional obligation. In fact, I’m being unfair to the Christian community as the policy proposes to reserve just 40 per cent of the seats.”
Source : Indian Catholic
Thank God for small mercies. I wonder what is preventing him from hiking the Christian quota to 50%, which he admits is a constitutional obligation. He need not be unfair to his community at all. He is not doing the other minority communities or the public a favour by witholding the extra 10% seats. He should send a clear signal to remind everyone that St Stephens is a Christian institution first and foremost. The affected public can in turn tailor their individual responses towards these institutes.
In general, I think minority institutes must be allowed to only accept candidates from their communities. If they admit people from outside their communities, what is the rationale for their minority status ? Is this a scheme to promote minority ownership of public colleges ?
The government should come down hard on minority colleges that accept a large number of open category students. Perhaps a 3-5% intake can be allowed for others. Check out the bulletin of CMC Medical College Vellore here. In this medical college (which is one of Indias best) the split up is (see page 2 of bulletin) : Out of 60 seats for MBBS ( 44 Christian + 6 Staff + 2 SC /ST + 1 Central Govt Nominee + 7 open competition ) This model is much better than colleges like St Stephens which are minority managed but not really minority in intake (even after this new proposal they still accept 40% open category).