The prestigious St Stephen’s college is likely to offer an honours degree in Political Science from the upcoming academic session.
According to university officials, an approval to the course was accorded by the varsity’s top decision-making bodies-Executive Council and Academic Council (AC) last year. However, the course could not be started as the admission process was half-way through by then.
The college authorities said they are waiting for an official communication from DU in this regard.
“We had approached the university for an approval for starting the course. We are told that it has been granted but we haven’t received any official communication yet. Once we get it, the process for rolling out the course will begin and required arrangements will be made,” a senior college official told PTI.
Stephen’s offers honours courses in Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Mathematics and Chemistry along with BA and BSc pass courses. The college had last year received a record 32,100 applications for 400 seats, the highest in its history.
It earlier used to enroll students on the basis of personal interviews and cut-offs announced after the Class XII exams. However, from last year a 30-minute aptitude test was introduced for the candidates meeting the cut-off criteria.
Stephen’s, a minority institution, follows a schedule and procedure for admission different from other Delhi University colleges. While the varsity had decided to eliminate stream-wise cut-offs and extra riders by colleges this year, Stephen’s has stuck to the previous pattern.
There are separate cut-offs for Christian, Dalit, non-Christian tribal and Christian tribal students and those with disabilities. Students of Urdu also have separate cut-off marks.