January 8, 2014 6:21:08 pm
The tussle between students and college administrations over lack of attendance every academic year prompted the Mumbai University to make changes in the rules of attendance. Under the new rules, the mandatory 75 per cent attendance stays, but college principals have been authorised to relax it by 25 per cent if the student provides bona fide reasons supported by documents.
The academic council of MU has passed an ordinance in a meeting Monday said it will be mandatory for the affiliated colleges and university departments to have an attendance committee comprising at least three senior teaching staffs such as vice principal or head of a particular department.
According to a member of the council, the attendance issue has become important after NM College at Vile Parle debarred 237 students from appearing for the final exam due to lack of the mandatory 75 per cent attendance. Every year, 300 to 1000 students are debarred from appearing for exams due to lack of 75 per cent attendance. Admission of students are also cancelled on the basis of this.
A five-member committee of the university will look into the new rules. The convener of the committee was dean of faculty of technology Dr Suresh Ukrande.
“While the 75 per cent attendance margin will stay, students will have to complete 75 per cent attendance clause that will be considered as an average of all lectures, practicals and tutorials. However, it will be mandatory for students to maintain a minimum of 50 per cent attendance in every subject,” said Ukrande.
“If a student has a genuine problem due to which her/his attendance has suffered, the committee will verify the reason. After the approval of the principal, the student will be allowed to appear for the exam,” said the member. Documents supporting the cause will also have to be submitted.
The new rules have clarified that students who miss lectures for representing their institute in extra-curricular and cultural activities, will get credits for their representation.
“Attendance committee will have to display the attendance of defaulter students on notice board in the first week of every month. Parents will also be informed. The changes have been brought in for the welfare of students as the standard of education has to be maintained,” said Ukrande.
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