Message from the Principal
APPLICANT . . .
One among the 22000 thousand applicants this year, you are very
precious to St. Stephen’s. Over the years you have worked hard to
attain the dignity of being an applicant at this institution. Sadly,
many of you will not find a place for yourselves on the rolls of the
College. This is more a reflection of the bonsai institution that
St. Stephen’s is than on the bourns of your merit. If the field were
as dense and the competition as tough as you face now, many of us
who sit in judgment over you and, perforce, reject you would not
have found a toe-hold in the sanctuary of higher education. St.
Stephen’s College admires the potential you hold. We look forward to
the promise in you blossoming and burgeoning in due season, wherever
you may be. End of the day, we all belong together in this great
country which is our shared home.
While it is desirable to be nurtured in a great and proven
tradition of excellence in education, it is unhelpful, at the same
time, to exaggerate its importance towards ultimacy. You are far
more important, for the fulfillment of your destiny, than any
institution in the world. You have it in you to transcend and
triumph over the limitations of circumstances. You don’t need a
crutch to reach your destination. There is, I assure you, life
outside St. Stephen’s. The great thing is to discover and to
celebrate it. I wish you the joy and the beauty of life.
My heart goes out to those who may find themselves below the cut-off
(forgive me for this cruel compound word!). Even more for those who,
though short-listed for the interview, could fall short still of the
selection mark. May each one of you find an appropriate place for
your continued growth and empowerment. May be, the College would
have the joy of welcoming some of you into its fold at the
post-graduate level. Look ahead! The morning is already red with
Have a blessed time.
Rev. Dr. Valson Thampu