St. Stephen’s College is known to have produced more politicians, administrators and intellectuals so far. However, a transition is underway at the academic institution with more and more students joining the corporate jobs now. Meha Mathur speaks to Aditya Pratap Deo, Faculty, Dept of History, St Stephen’s College and unfolds various aspects of the institution.
Careers360: Do you think that Stephen's has maintained its teaching-learning ethos for which it is renowned and which has set it apart?
Aditya Pratap Deo: Yes, I think we have. Teaching-learning occupies prime place in our scheme of things despite our extra-ordinarily rich extra-curricular life. Our classrooms continue to be responsible, critical, diverse, open, creative and challenging spaces. Faculty-student interaction extends into the community experience of the college and adds to mutual growth. Classroom technology is frequently updated and our library is a wonderful resource even as we tap new avenues of accessing knowledge beyond it.
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Careers360: What are its USPs today, at a time when other colleges in the league are emerging as leaders in college rankings?
Aditya Pratap Deo: We have a more diverse student community with considerable representation from regions and communities typically underrepresented. This makes us more cosmopolitan. Our system works to a greater standard of achievement and efficiency even as our community life retains an old world charm and grace. We thus combine the best of history and the latest. We emphasize orientation towards service, well-rounded personality, and character combined with learning, concerns we find are secondary in the new schools. We encourage our students to hold on to and reflect on what they gather during their journey with us, and not rush about as is the trend today. Above all, we try to cultivate a humane approach to the world, and this we consider as the highest kind of learning.
Careers360: For decades, the cream of country's polity, administrators and intelligentsia came from Stephen's. In what ways has the scenario changed?
Aditya Pratap Deo: Our students are going into corporate jobs much more now, but interest in research, media and the social and public sectors are balancing this tilt. Politics, law, administration and academics continue to attract students.
Careers360: As things stand today, how would you describe the college's industry linkages and employability of its graduating students?
Aditya Pratap Deo: Most of our students get very good placements across a range of sectors and continue to excel in all spheres of life.
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