The Delhi high court has come down heavily on students bunking classes and said no sympathy should be shown to those falling short of requisite attendance and allowing them to appear in examinations will lead to total academic chaos.
"No student can excel in his or her life, unless he or she devotedly attends the classes of a course which he or she undertakes. Attendance is a rule and absence from class is an exception," justice Kailash Gambhir said, while dismissing the pleas of three journalism students of Jamia Millia Islamia, falling short of requisite attendance to take their final-year examinations.
The students had pleaded for the court's directions to university authorities to waive off their attendance shortfall on the basis of medical certificates given by them and allow them to appear in the examinations.
"This court has great sympathy with the students who due to shortage of marginal percentage of attendance would waste their one precious academic year," justice Gambhir said, but added, "If any indulgence is given to such students due to sympathy and compassion, the same would result in total indiscipline and chaos, opening a Pandora's box."
"Strict views in such cases would be in the larger interest of not only the student, but also of the institution or university," he said.
The students had approached the court after they were barred by the university from taking their annual examination for falling short of the requisite 75% attendance.