Amid this confusion, in colleges such as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU), more than 200 students who would otherwise face detention have now been given blanket permission by the principal to write the exams — a phenomenon that the college claimed it had seen for the first time in 14 years.
“In effect, we would have had to detain 251 students which would lead to chaos. At first the academic council suggested that students above 40% attendance be allowed to sit for the exams, but that would be unfair to those below 40%. So we decided to let all students appear for this semester's exam,” said SK Garg, principal, DDU.
Till last year, a student with low attendance would be allowed to take the exams if the case was found genuine by the college principal. However, principals claimed the new directive has forced them to exercise their discretionary powers to maintain fairness.
“A few days back, a circular was issued stating that colleges were misinterpreting their discretionary powers. So, students with attendance below 66.67% will be detained,” he added.
Other colleges maintained that the confusion had crept up due to the different attendance rules under the semester and annual modes. The university, however, claimed that any irregularities would be looked into.