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New Principal appointed at St. Stephen’s College

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Professor John Varghese, currently the Head of Department, Media and Communication, at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, was appointed as the 13th Principal of St. Stephen’s College on Wednesday. The current Principal, Revd. Dr. Valson Thampu, who has held the office since 2007, retires on February 29.

The decision to appoint Professor Varghese as the Principal was taken by the Supreme Council of the college, along with Revd. Thampu himself. He was chosen from among three candidates who applied for the position. On February 10, Revd. Thampu announced on his Facebook page that, “The candidates eligible for the post were interviewed in detail today and the selection of Prof. Varghese was unanimous. Professor Varghese is an outstanding academic, experienced administrator and visionary leader.” He was formerly a faculty member at the Department of English in St.Stephen’s College. Revd. Thampu also wished Prof. Varghese “all blessings and good wishes in assuming this significant and challenging responsibility.” According to a Times of India news report, Prof. Varghese is an alumnus of Loyola College, Chennai. The same news report also mentions that the eligibility criteria and academic qualifications that a prospective Principal must meet at Stephen’s are rigorous.

Professor Varghese was introduced at the morning assembly held for first year students on February 11. “It will be interesting to see how much of the current system in college will be retained and continued,” said a first year student. On his Facebook page, Revd. Thampu has referred to his retirement as a festival that he looks forward to as a new beginning.

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