15 June 2011
You have been waiting eagerly for
these cut-offs. Frankly, I don't like the
expression "cut-off". St. Stephen's does not
want to cut-off or exclude anyone. But we are
forced to. We are, comparatively, a tiny
institution. I wish we had room enough for all
of you who have applied. But we don't. We are
not happy about it. I feel that all of you are
already in touch with the soul of this great
academic institution, even if many of you -more
than 25000 of you- will not find your names on
our rolls. I want you to know that we value each
one of you. We respect the promise you hold. In
due season you will blossom and add value to our
national intellectual capital.
The eligibility bar, I am afraid,
has shifted higher. Wonder when or where this
will stop! It is a painful experience for me to
reject a young scholar who has scored 95%. But,
I have no choice. This is no reflection on your
merit. All of you are meritorious. And all of
you will, I hope and pray, find the conducive
context for your continued education and
personal empowerment. I wish you every blessing.
I look forward to meeting those
who have made it to the interview stage. Just a
word to them. In St. Stephen's we believe in
encountering you at the level of your strength,
not weakness. You must be totally relaxed at the
time of your interview. Anxiety inhibits merit.
Enjoy the interaction, which will be assuredly
friendly. Just relax and enjoy the experience.
(But do not come in your casuals! )
See you soon.