Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College on Friday withdrew its decision to impose a penalty of Rs 2,500 for short attendance after students protested the move.
Delhi University rules mandate that students must have a minimum of 66.53 per cent attendance to be eligible for appearing in semester examinations. Failure to do so will require the student to submit an undertaking that the shortfall will be compensated in the next term. However, the university’s norms make no mention of a fine.
DU spokesperson Malay Neerav said, “There is no provision for paying a penalty for short attendance in the DU ordinance. But it is an internal matter of the college and has to be settled by them.”
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Professors said the move came about after almost 500 students were in the “attendance defaulter’s list”. In reaction, hundreds of students protested on the college premises on Wednesday, alleging that the move violated university norms.
However, college principal Manmohan Kaur had stood by the decision and said that it was taken to deter students from “bunking classes and thereby fulfil the attendance requirements”.
“Now, after discussion with staff, it has been decided that no fine will be levied and all students will be issued admit cards,” Kaur said.