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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Temple of Learning: St. Stephen

St. Stephen's college, New Delhi, India: Here it’s all sparkling & emerald red bricked structure, with English speaking folks, supposed to be India’s best, established in 1881 by the Cambridge Mission in response to Government policy promoting education. St.Stephen college is one of the nation’s very best institute. Getting admittance into this college is some task
with cut-off percentage increasing every year.
Doorway to the chapel: Here you may assume you are in a century-old English garrison. Not factual, the construction is as new as New Delhi, constructed during the 40s. Don't be disillusioned. Continue hovering aimlessly. At St Stephen's, distinct to other Delhi colleges, anyone can go in, amble around, and lounge down on the grass. Yes, even stroll down the hallway. No predicament. But don't ogle at the classroom aperture. Harangue may be taking place. Studious & snobbish folks: Nonetheless, if nearby is a vacant hall, tread in. The unfilled bench and the portrayal of dead professors make the environs as hushed as a... well,
tomb If that's not spooky enough, try this: at the ground is an old well, now safe and sound inside a rounded construction. Gaze through the filthy casement and you will locate stairway going downstairs.
Corridor of wisdom: Having produced from Presidents (Fakhrudiin Al Ahmed, Zia-ul-Haq) to top journalists (Barkha Dutt, Sagarika Ghose), from sports person (Jaspal Rana, Kirti Azad) to writers (Khuswant Singh, Shashi Tharoor) it still continues to give gives India some of its best citizens. (See wikipedia LIST of famous Stephen’s alumni)Play time: I fully revere the stringent selection criteria employed by the college, which makes sure the high quality of our student intake
At the same time, I recognize that St. Stephen's has always understood that some of the most important elements of our edification occur in college outside the classroom, and that the remarkable young all-rounder with 92% marks is often a worthier Stephanian than the swat with 95 per cent. The Principal himself had authored an article titled `Marks Can't Be the Sole Indicator of Merit' on the St. Stephen's College web site (www.ststephens.edu). Someone St. Stephen's should be proud to admit; to turn him down over a few percentage points was folly indeed. At the same time St. Stephen's was, astoundingly for a college in Delhi, insulated to a extraordinary extent from the prejudices of middle-class Indian life. It mattered little where you were from, which Indian language you spoke at home, what version of religious faith you espoused. But at St. Stephen's, religion and region were not the distinctions that mattered: what counted was whether you were "in residence" or a "dayski" (day-scholar), a "science type" or a "ShakSoc type", a sportsman or a univ topper (or best of all, both). Caste and creed was no bar, but these other categories determined your share of the Stephanian knowledge.
Some fun : College's snobbery was still elitism in an Indian context, although one shaped, like so many Indian institutions, by a colonial legacy. There is no denying that the aim of founding St. Stephen's in 1881 was to produce more obedient subjects to serve Her Britannic Majesty; their idea of constructive missionary activity was to bring the intellectual and social atmosphere of Cam side to the dry dust plains of Delhi. Improbably enough, they succeeded, and the resultant hybrid outlasted the Raj.
The bright red brick structure: St. Stephen's in the early 1970s was an institution whose students sustained a Shakespeare Society and a Criterion Club, staged avant-garde plays and wrote execrable poetry, ran India's only faculty-sanctioned Practical Joke Competition (in memory of P.G. Warehouse’s irrepressible Lord Ickenham), invented the "Winter Festival" of collegiate cultural competition which was imitated at universities across the country
Harmony- college feast: Invariably reached the annual inter-college cricket final (and turned up in large numbers to cheer the Stephanian cricketers on to their accustomed victory), maintained a careful distinction between the Junior Common Room and the Senior Combination Room, and allowed the world's only non-Cantabridgian "gyps" to serve their meals and make their beds.
Fashion parade in Harmony: And if the punts never came to the Jamuna, the puns flowed on the pages of Kooler Talk and the cyclostyled Spice (whose typing mistakes, under the impish editorship of Ramu Damodaran, were deliberate, and deliberately hilarious.)

31 comments:

Amrita Kumari February 18, 2009 at 12:12 AM  

nice tout to one of India most prestigious college

Ritika Pandey February 18, 2009 at 12:13 AM  

lovely bolography of one of the best insti of the nation

Shilpi February 18, 2009 at 12:15 AM  

nice post..u guys are really doing well

Richa Saxena February 18, 2009 at 12:17 AM  

love the way its been written n pics are also good

Sagarika February 18, 2009 at 12:24 AM  

nice photo tour of the north campus

Dr. Neha Srivastav February 18, 2009 at 12:40 AM  

Good work Pragya, nice post....who knoe Stephens than you, its right that u took this post as being Stephenians u knw better than most of us on the team.

Rohit Sharma February 18, 2009 at 12:41 AM  

It is a minority Christian institution, hence what they say is right. Christians should get preference. Nobody should have any grievance on that score.

But the government should open up the educational sector to the majority community too. They too have a right for education. While freely allowing educational institutions to minority communities, the majority and general category communities are discriminated against. The government should allow establishment of new colleges in private sector to cater to the needs of general category/majority community students or provide the needed seats in government colleges/institutions. Take for instance in Kerala. Majority of the professional colleges, engineering/technology and medical colleges are run by the minority communities while the majority community is being discriminated against and left high and dry. They are now at the mercy of these minority community run colleges. A few months back a Christian priest exhorted Christian students to go to Christian schools only. I think if such an exhortation is made to hindu partents and their wards, the Christian institutions would have a very few students in their rolls.

Minority institutions are OK. Minority reservation is also very good to promote education among them. But no discrimination should be shown towards majority community. Let them too open educational institutions freely from their own sources to educate their children the way they want. The discrimination should end

Anonymous,  February 18, 2009 at 12:41 AM  

Why is the govt not seeing into it when media can see. The media specialy cnnibn should urge delhi govt to take an action against this kind of shameful act by st stephens college. And students should boycott st stephens college.

Ashok February 18, 2009 at 12:42 AM  

Shame on this priest who wants use public tax payer money to spread religion from middle east desert. Every goddamn minority thinks they have right to loot India. These psecs like Sagarika fought Hindus who have been asking for equal treatment for everyone. Wait, day will not be far when they come for you stupid psec as well. That is the nature of the beast we are dealing with from those converted Muslims and Christians

Anonymous,  February 18, 2009 at 12:42 AM  

Why should minorities be not allowed their own quota, when all around every caste, community (locals etc.) demand quotas, throwing merit to dogs. Their should also be a millioners' quota. Universities should adopt a rule whereby a degree must specify whether the degree holder has obtained it from reserved category. This way atleast you will know whether the doc operating upon you was a meritorious student or otherwise.

Anonymous,  February 18, 2009 at 12:42 AM  

Any kind of discrimination on the basis of religeon will further devide the society, hence uncalled for. Father Dominque's arguments are hollow to the core. I agree with his submission that academic excellence may not be the core value of an institute, it's main agenda may be Public Service. I do not understand how this agenda is satisfied by granting reservations to Christians. Are they more capable of doing public service than the candidates of other religeous beliefs. Other pertinent question why a citizen of India will get prefential treatment based only on his/her religeon. There are constiutional provisions for weaker sections of the society which are applicable to all the religeons. These reservation policies are a huge step backwards and should not be allowed in a plural solciety like India. There seems to be some other agenda which needs to be investigated.

Ashok February 18, 2009 at 12:42 AM  

I dont know how people become priests or fathers with such narrow minded attitude replying to questions that someone is doing this whats wrong in doing the same.
Its as if u r saying he is a fool and whats wrong in me being a fool. If you want to support ur argument u can provide facts .

Er. Nidhi Mishra February 18, 2009 at 12:43 AM  

These kind of actions from any religious institutions supported by public funds have to be reviewed and regularized if they cant be stopped.There are numerous colleges,schools,hospitals in kerala where you have to face discrimination if you are not a christian..That is pathetic.

Dr. Palki Vajpayee February 18, 2009 at 12:44 AM  

AND LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST -OUGHT TO HAVE BEEN THE GUIDING LIGHT FOR INDIAN CHRISTIANS AND ST STEPHENS COLLGE- WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR ALL HUMAN BEINGS! WHAT CASTE WAS JESUS CHRIST? SON OF GOD! AH HUMANS LIKE THE CHRISTIAN SLAVETRADERS RACISTS OF RECENT PAST! LIKE THE GRAVE ROBBRS BODY SNATCHERS! PLEASE FORGIVE THEM GOD FOR THEY ARE BLINDED BY MAD COW DISEASE- CALLED- SHYLOCKISM- OR PUT IT SIMPLY HARAAMKHORS INC. SELF styleD CHRISTIANS LIKE FALSE OBCS FALSE SARDARS LIKE MMSINGH FALSE CHRISTIANS LIKE SONIA GANDHI PREACHING PRACTISING RELIGIOUS CASTE QUOTA POLITICS- GOOD JOB GODS AND SON OF GOD ARE SAFE IN HEAEVEN FROM HUMAN SLAVETRADERS! MERCHANTS OF DEATH- OF HARDWORK DEATH OF SPIRITUALISM AND LONG LIVE QUOTA RAJAS AND RITUALISM LIKE THE FATCAT COMMUNISTS LIKE SOMNATH CHATTER JEE! KISSA KURSI KA-ALL THE WAY- BRING IN SUPERGLUE!

Dr.Nishi Chauhan February 18, 2009 at 12:47 AM  

OOPS!! i thought this post is just about St Stephens but here seems to be some debate going on the Quota issue, was that ur purpose Pragya

Shreya Rajput February 18, 2009 at 1:50 AM  

nice tour of one of the most prestigious insti of the nation, well written

Rahul Viswanath February 18, 2009 at 6:46 AM  

Reminds me of my old engg days .... good compilation !!!

nituscorner February 18, 2009 at 7:42 AM  

Awesome place....interesting read.

magiceye February 18, 2009 at 11:45 AM  

thank you for the lovely guided tour of st.stephens!

Tulip Banerjee February 18, 2009 at 5:43 PM  

nice photo essay of delhi's prestigious college

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