Citing lack of infrastructure as the college prepares to admit students under the four-year format,St Stephens College on Thursday said it has decided to do away with 50 seats for its undergraduate courses. This was decided during a meeting of colleges governing body.
Under the four-year format,BA,BSc,BCom and Programme courses have been scrapped and those seats have been distributed among Honours courses.
Under the three-year format,St Stephens offered 100 seats under BA and BSc Programme courses. At the meeting,it was decided that 50 seats would not be re-appropriated because the college doesnt have the necessary infrastructure, a member of the governing body said.
The remaining 50 seats are going to be redistributed between English and Economics departments. Forty seats are going to Economics,which will have a new section of undergraduate students. Ten seats will be given to the English department, the member said.
Under the four-year format,foundation papers have to be taught to every student. Classrooms in the college are already full. I doubt the college will be able to deal with a new section of undergraduate Economics students, the member said.
Students of the new programme will be required to study 11 foundation courses in the first two years.
Also,the term of college principal Valson Thampu has been extended by three years.