The 237 students of N M College,Vile Parle, who were barred from appearing in the semester-end examination,staged a protest outside the Mumbai university campus at Fort on Monday. The authorities of MU intervened in order to resolve the matter.
Recently,these students were barred from appearing in the examination due to inadequate attendance. The attendance of the students was recorded below 75 per cent in the current academic year. Following this,their names appeared in the list of defaulters released by the college.
According to Suraj Singh Thakur,state president of NSUI,their union was trying best to ensure that students do not lose a year because of low attendance. On Monday,students of N M College protested outside the university campus by enacting the future career options they had if they were not allowed to complete the current year. Students wielded shoe shine brushes and boxes as well as bhel puri baskets indicating that this was would be the remaining options if they were not allowed to continue with their studies, said Thakur.
He added that following the Gandhigiri style protest,the protesters were allowed to meet the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr Naresh Chandra,who heard out the students and asssured that he would speak to the college principal.
The college has assured that it would absorb these students in the next academic year provided they pass in the exam this year through distance education, said Chandra.
The university has restarted admissions in its Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) for a week to ensure that the debarred students do not lose a year. The last date for admission is October 30.
However,principal of N M College,Dr Sunil Mantri said the college was willing to take back the students provided they pass the exam from IDOL and apply for admissions on time in the next academic year. If the students apply when we are conducting admissions,they will get their seat back. The university will have to ensure that the results are declared on time, said Mantri.
Academics however expressed shock over the development. The university is setting a wrong example by supporting students punished for not adhering to rules laid down by the university itself. It sends out a message to students that they can bunk classes and get away with it. The university is breaking its own rule, said the principal of another college.