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Ache for Stephen’s ‘winners’

New Delhi, July 1: The rollback of Delhi University’s four-year undergraduate programme is set to end in heartbreak for a lot of students who had made it into the St. Stephen’s College economics course.

When the FYUP was introduced last year, the total number of honours and pass course seats had been clubbed. Reverting to the three-year honours and three-year pass courses, as in 2012, means the number of seats would again be split. So there would be fewer honours seats available than last year and some students already selected for admission may get left out.

In St. Stephen’s for example, at least 80 students — 50 in economics and 30 in English, the two most sought-after courses — stand to lose out as the college modifies the admission lists according to the three-year course structure.

College officials said a provisional economics admission list with 100 names had been drawn up under the FYUP and posted on the college website before the rollback orders were issued. For English honours, the college was offering 60 seats under the FYUP.

“In 2012, the corresponding intakes for these courses were 50 (economics) and 30 (English) respectively. In strict compliance with the university guidelines, St. Stephen’s College will now put up a truncated list of selected candidates in accordance with the sanctioned strength in 2012,” said St. Stephen’s spokesperson Karen Gabriel.

“Consequently, 50 applicants who had qualified for provisional admission for economics honours will now stand excluded and 30 candidates who would have been in the English honours list will be left out.”

The new honours list for economics will be published tomorrow on the basis of Class XII percentage and performance in the interview. Interviews for all other subjects are under way but admission lists are yet to be drawn up for honours courses.

According to college officials, St. Stephen’s had applied to the university in 2011 for permission to increase seats for the economics and English courses given the huge rush for them.

“University inspection teams had even visited the college but no decision was taken. In the principals’ committee meeting, the issue that St. Stephen’s should retain seats for these subjects as last year was raised,” said Nandita Narayan, a senior faculty member of the college.

“But the committee said all colleges would have to revert to the old pattern. The college has again requested the UGC for permission but has received no communication on it.”

The students who got left out from the economics and English honours courses due to the reduction of seats, shall be accommodated as and when the required sanction is accorded, provided it comes soon enough, the college said.

A senior UGC official said the college’s request to let it continue with last year’s seat structure “may not be possible from this academic session”.

The college will also be opening admissions for the BA and BSc pass courses. Online applications will begin from tomorrow. The last date of applying is July 8 midnight. The list of candidates shortlisted for interviews will be announced on July 9 and interviews held on July 11, 12 and 14.