Bunking classes in Delhi University now comes with the worst possible punishment: it can cost students their seat in college.
With the first semester coming to an end, all students with less than 40% attendance will not just be stopped from taking exam, they will be removed from the rolls.
"They must apply for admissions again in 2012-13 and start afresh in the first semester," said JM Khurana, dean of students' welfare, DU.Cut-offs in the best DU colleges touched almost 100% this year.
Before the semester system was introduced for the science courses in 2010 and for all other courses this year, students were given a second chance to make up for low attendance. Now, no second chances.
Some colleges have already given students the bad news.
"We have detained about 10-15% of the total students," said IS Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College.
Up to eight students of Lady Sri Ram (LSR) college will lose their seats, a college official said. In other colleges, the process is on.
Students who fall short of attendance in the third or fifth semesters - second or third years - will have to repeat them, but won't lose seats. They will end up adding an extra year to their otherwise three-year course, explained dean Khurana.
Officials say though "due consideration" will be given to students who re-apply, they'll still have to meet the cut-off criterion.
"If a detained student is allowed to retain the seat, then it is unfair on a student who is entitled to the seat through merit. But these students will not be discriminated against, despite their gap year," said SK Garg, convener of the DU admissions committee, and principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College.