Amity Law School: Plea filed in HC challenging attendance policy

The Delhi High Court said the matter would be heard by another bench on September 5

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2016 7:44:57 pm
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A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court against the attendance policy of Amity Law School here in the wake of the recent suicide by a student allegedly over being debarred from sitting in the sixth semester exams due to lack of attendance.

The petition, which claimed that the institute has “arbitrarily departed” from stipulated requirement of having 75 per cent aggregate attendance in all courses and was insisting upon 75 per cent in each subject, was listed today before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal.

The court, however, said the matter would be heard by another bench on September 5. As per the petition, clause 9.1 of the Ordinance adopted under the Indraprastha Vishwavidyalaya Act, 1998 provides that a student is required to have minimum attendance of 75 per cent or more in the aggregate of all courses taken together in a semester.

The petitioner, a lawyer, has accused Amity Law School, Delhi (ALSD) of compelling the students to give an undertaking that if their attendance fell below 75 per cent in any subject, they would not be allowed to appear in the end-term examination.

Divyadeep Chaturvedi, in his plea, has claimed that ALSD as well as Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), to which Amity is affiliated, “have failed to include physical attendance, on-duty attendance as well as attendance granted upon regularisation on medical or humanitarian or other grounds in calculation of aggregate attendance”.

He has alleged that ALSD has “arbitrarily adopted policy of debarring students who have less than 50 per cent physical attendance, even if aggregate attendance after taking into account regularisation of attendance on legitimate grounds may be within the prescribed norms”.

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