The students who would be losing their seats because of low attendance records in the first semester can now only look up to the students’ union whom they voted to power this year.
While all the Delhi University (DU) colleges have detained students who did not attend more than 40% of the classes, the students union feels that the defaulters deserve a second chance.
“Earlier, there was a second chance at least. Also, if the students missed out because of a genuine reason, they would have time to make up the attendance,” said Ajay Chhikara, president, Delhi University Students Union (DUSU).
Though the union has not heard from any aggrieved student so far, they are expecting complaints to surface once exams start on Wednesday.
“Once the exams start and the students are not allowed to sit for them, they will start pouring in. We plan to meet the dean of Students’ Welfare and discuss the issue with him. While attending classes is very important, giving students a second chance is equally important too,” said Chhikara.
“We got a circular from the university administration,saying that students who do not have at least 66 % attendance should be detained,” said Abha Dev Habib, member Delhi University Teachers Association.
However, the colleges have modified the directions and have given some students a second chance.
“The modification of guideline is an internal mechanism of colleges against a directive that is unnecessarily harsh. Had they followed the circular, thousands of students across DU would have been detained and the clear repercussion of the semester system would have been revealed,” Habib added.
“A rule is a rule and the students have been constantly informed about the minimum attendance requirement. We cannot help them if they don’t take this seriously,” said a teacher from Ramjas College.