The UPTU has decided that henceforth attendance of all students studying in colleges under its control would be maintained online.
"Colleges have been directed that along with maintaining the attendance of their students internally, they should post the same on the university's website," a UPTU official said.
This move, along with the decision to make students answer their session-exams on answer copies sent by UPTU is aimed at ensuring that students are not exploited by their college management.
There are 10 marks for maintaining 75% attendance and there were complaints that colleges were taking students for a ride on the pretext of irregular attendance. It was observed that colleges in the name of allocating marks for session-exams were cheating those students who failed to comply with what a senior official said were 'homely demands' by teachers and administrators of concerned colleges.
In view of these wrong practices, UPTU also decided that it would send its own answer copies for internal exams too. While the colleges would still be allocating marks themselves, but after the marks have been given, the answer copies would now have to be sent back to UPTU.
So far, the colleges used their own answer copies and after the marks were given the copies were kept in the colleges. In case of complaints, the varsity officials had a tough time checking out the facts. "Now we would be able to keep track of the manner in which marks were being allotted by the colleges. Hopefully, this would redress the grievances of the students," an official said. The students too have welcomed the move. "It's a good move. Actually, some of us were asked to do odd jobs for our teachers and other officials to keep them in good humour. And because we knew that if we denied, we would suffer, most of us agreed. Now, hopefully, this won't be the case," a student from a city college said.