JNU’s Student Stand against the 75% Attendance Rule

JNU’s Student Stand against the 75% Attendance Rule and go on strike for their freedom from attendance. Follow us for more such news and gossips.

Posted 11 months ago in Regional News, updated 11 months ago.

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Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University is yet again in news. JNU is a popular university where many scandals have taken place. This time the students are protesting against the compulsion of at least 75% attendance to appear in end semester exams.

JNU’s student won’t tolerate any injustice in any manner, they have always raised their voice against every issue and making 75%attendance is no smaller issue to them. They have called for a strike on Monday, January 15.

JNU students protest after management makes 75% attendance compulsory to write semester exams.

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The university management had issued a circular in December 2017, saying it was planning to make attendance for all courses compulsory and was forming a panel to frame the guidelines. Students and teachers had then called it an “unnecessary and arbitrary” move. 

The decision on mandatory attendance was taken by a committee constituted to frame guidelines on attendance system. The university had in December announced the attendance will be made compulsory and that a committee was formed to frame the guidelines. The students’ union and Teachers association have been critical of the move and have called for boycotting the system.

In a circular issued on Wednesday, the university said, “for all part-time programme, BA, MA, MSc, M Tech, MPH, PG Diploma, and MPhil, and PhD course/work, a minimum of 75% attendance in a course is mandatory for appearing in end semester examination of that course”.

The circular said if a student is absent on medical grounds then minimum 60% attendance will suffice for the student to be allowed to sit for the examination. But the student needs to get the medical documents certified and verified by chief medical officer at JNU’s health centre.

MPhil and PhD students will have to get prior approval from their supervisors, chairperson of the concerned centre and competent authority for absence from university to pursue academic work like field work, seminars, conferences, workshops, training programme.

“For MPhil and PhD students, at least two contact sessions with the supervisor is mandatory. A total leave of 30 days in an academic year is allowed with permission of the supervisor. The leave, however, will be part of their tenure of MPhil or PhD programme. On all other days, the student will sign the attendance register,” the circular said.

The university has circulated a sample of the attendance sheet that teachers will have complete for each lecture, practical and laboratory work. “The attendance sheet will be submitted by the teacher on the same day to the centre or school office. At the end of each month, the center or school will put up a notice showing the monthly attendance of the students,” the circular said.

It also said that for interaction session of MPhil and PhD students, the supervisor will maintain a record and submit it to the center or school at the end of a semester.


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