To find the successor of St Stephen’s College Principal Valson Thampu, who is scheduled to retire on February 28 next year, the college has issued an advertisement in newspapers.
“Applications from eligible Christian candidates belonging to CNI/CSI/ Mar Thoma Church, in the age group of 50-60 years, are invited in the prescribed format for the post of Principal. Pay and allowances shall be as per UGC norms. The last date for applying shall be 21 days from the publication of this advertisement,” stated the ad, issued in the name of Governing Council Chairman Warris Masih.
The college website has also put up a set of 33 guidelines for the ideal candidate.
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“Merely fulfilling the minimum qualification or the eligibility criteria does not entitle a candidate to be necessarily considered or called for the interview. More stringent criteria could be applied for short-listing the candidates to be called for interview… if found to be necessary, applications shall be endorsed by the current employer, if any, and inclusion of a statement from the priest in charge of the congregation to which you belong, indicating thenature and extent of your participation in, and contributions to, the life of the parish,” stated the website.
Responding to the advertisements, Thampu claimed on his Facebook page that it was “time for celebration”.
“The ads are out. The time to celebrate is come: for you and for me. For all who believe in doing a cracker of a job and leaving the blazing tracks in dignity and ecstasy. I bless the day I walked, my knees knocking against each other, into the campus of this awe-inspiring institution. It was the 9th of April 1971. I shall bless the day when I walk out of it on the 28th of February 2016 (sic),” said Thampu.
He went on, “I look forwards, never backwards. I can’t recall moments of ever harking back, of brooding, of picking the gleanings of regret in the harvest fields of “the has been…. I believe in giving a 100% while there is still time. And investing the remaining 100% into what will be. I know when to stop. And where to begin again anew. One thing I shall tell you… I shall not build on another man’s foundation…”.