A Treasure: Dr Valson Thampu, Principal, St. Stephen’s College
Urvashi Dalal, 17 Jun 2014, #DU


A Ph.D holder in Theology, core Gandhi follower and an ordained minister of Church of North India, Dr. Valson Thampu aims to unite students with Gandhi’s path and principles.  An esteemed and most treasured Principal with philosophies which are integrated as a part of one of the most prestigious college of University of Delhi-St. Stephen’s College.

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Reverend Dr. Valson Thampu, Principal of St. Stephen’s since 2008, is an intellect with ideologies and beliefs that have established Stephen’s from a college into a ‘Temple of Education’. Today St. Stephen’s College is acclaimed as the top college of Delhi University, precisely, due to Dr. Valson Thampu’s contribution and diligence towards the college.

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With our initiative of gathering insights of the Top 10 Colleges of Delhi University, we visited the acclaimed St. Stephen’s College and interviewed Dr. Thampu about the USP of the college, future plans and his expectations from the young men and women aspiring for Stephen’s. Read on to know more.

 

Excerpts from the interview:

Careers360: It is an honor and pleasure to have this interview with you sir.

Dr. Valson Thampu: It’s great to have this interview too. Welcome to St. Stephen’s College.

Careers360: We all know St. Stephen’s College very well; the name is a brand in itself and the alumni is spread around the world today. But if we have to describe the USP of Stephen’s, what would it be?

Dr. Valson Thampu: ‘Total education’ is the USP of our college. Stephanian have outnumbered the achievers around the world, it is because St. Stephen’s College not only focus on involving the students in academics and scoring high percentages, rather developing them, making them an all-rounder and inculcating values into them so as they achieve excellence in every field.

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It is the overall development of students that makes St. Stephen’s as unique as it is. The student activities and educational programme incorporates exceptional talents that produce the best and a glorified version of a human being to the world.  

With various student exchange prorammes in collaboration with Universities like Brown University, SOCA University and other prominent educational activities, students learn and develop skills which support them to embark upon the world.

“Total education’ is the USP of our college. Stephanian have outnumbered the achievers around the world, it is because Stephen’s not only focus on involving the students in academics and scoring high percentages, rather developing them.”

Careers360: Despite being under the critic of many, as a Principal of St. Stephen’s College, you have proven to be a leader and a protagonist throughout the years. The students or Stephanian as they are popularly referred, have an admiration towards you and your ideologies. How are these ideologies incorporated into the students here?

 

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Dr. Valson Thampu: As an educator of theologies, I believe in the value of religious teaching that can develop the students in every possible way. Our college initiative of preliminary subjects like Life and Teachings of Jesus for Christian Students aims at inculcating religious values into the students and tells them about the importance of religion along with education.

Not only this, the idea of human teachings for non-Christian students with subject: Engaging with Equal India aims to develop a balance between letting the students learn how to mature and became a balanced and non-judgmental human being, with a respect for every religion. These ideologies are vital for the overall education of our young generation.

Careers360: Every year, thousands of applicants apply at Stephen’s, what is the criterion that is followed to select each of these intellectual quality students?

Dr. Valson Thampu: Our College is affiliated to Delhi University, but being a minority institute, we have the authority to follow our admission and selection procedure which is different from that of the Delhi University admission process.  When the admission applications are received, we scrutinize each application sensibly and call the students for personal round of interview. The interview round follows few generic questions and a discussion about the students’ aspirations, goals and perception towards their life and career.  Through the interview, we judge students upon factors like Communication Skills, intellectual qualities and an exceptional factor about their goals and personalities that can maintain the standards of St. Stephen’s. We have a well-established and non-influenced admission process.

 

Careers360: Indeed, it is every student’s quality and development that defines the standards of St. Stephen’s College. What are some of the initiatives that you as a Principal have taken to elevate the quality of the college?

Dr. Valson Thampu: About three years ago I planned ‘Mission 2050’, somewhat a role plan or a master plan for the College. The only aim of that plan is to enlarge the educational reportage of this institution. I really desire that a greater number of students can became a part of Stephen’s family. It is sad to see that deserving students are denied admission due to less number of seats.

It is my utmost concern that no state arrangements are done and there is no supply for the increasing demand. It is unfair to the students, and I want to minimize their sufferings by increasing our number of seats and courses. Therefore it is my appeal to make it in the favor of students and let us serve towards the society without the limitations of the antiquated rules and regulations.

Careers360: As the new UG Admissions have started and fresh students would be applying soon, what is your message for your future students?

Dr. Valson Thampu: Yes, of course! I want them to study well and take part in all the extracurricular activities. This will develop them into an overall achiever and will let them embark a history. Choose Course over College, Enjoy study without any burden and develop a great Student-Teacher bond.

The young aspirants will be experiencing a different life at St. Stephen’s after the DU Admission Process and cutoff,

 

His future plans and ideologies are strength for St. Stephen’s College and its future generations.

 

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