Stephens quota – a reality check
I just watched a program on CNN-IBN where a speaker from the Delhi Diocese (sorry could not get his name – Immanuel I think) put Sagarika Ghose and everyone else in their place. It was brilliant !
The exchange went (rephrased by me):
Guest 1 : By announcing a faculty quota, you have thrown all norms of academic excellence out the window. It is unconstitutional.
Diocese Rep : What exactly is this academic excellence ? The only excellence we seek is to serve as per the wishes of Jesus Christ.
Sums it up perfectly.
I wish to ask all those who are dismayed at the events at their favourite elite college.
What part of “Christian Minority Institution” do you not understand ?
Sure they allowed themselves over the years to become a elite-crowd-attracting, influence-peddling hub. This does not mean they cannot correct their course. Fellas, this is how it is meant to be. You think St Stephens is an open institute of secular academic excellence. It is not and is not meant to be. In fact, if it were to act open and secular, then it would be unconstitutional.
The position of Reality Check India is clear.
St Stephens and all other minority institutes must admit at least 80-90% students from their own community. Otherwise, it just turns into a “regular college with management belonging to the minority community”. St Johns and CMC Vellore are examples where a large majority of students and even faculty are from the Christian community. I believe CMC Vellore at least is doing good service to its community. St Stephens must also be free to follow their lead.
Previously on Reality Check