Sharda University students clash with staff over admit card
Students of Sharda University clashed with the campus security and university staff on Saturday afternoon in a protest against the university’s decision to deny them admit cards for the upcoming examination. However, the students were allowed to appear for the examinations by late evening.noida Updated: Apr 29, 2017 23:08 IST
Students of Sharda University clashed with the campus security and university staff on Saturday afternoon in a protest against the university’s decision to deny them admit cards for the upcoming examination. However, the students were allowed to appear for the examinations by late evening.
Recently, Sharda University had disbarred around 100 students from appearing for the upcoming examinations on the provision that they had failed to fulfil the necessary criteria of 65% attendance. Under the provision, the students who have an attendance from 50-65% will be allowed to appear for exams if they sign an undertaking (bond) that they will improve their attendance during the next semesters. The necessary attendance then becomes 75% for such students in the following semesters.
Around 150 protesting students, around 2pm on Saturday, got into a fight with security personnel while entering the campus. The university management called the police helpline 100 for immediate intervention but refused to lodge a case against students.
Students alleged that the university management has added a ‘student benefit fund’ clause to the undertaking under which all erring students have to pay ₹10,000-₹30,000. In case the student fails to attain the necessary attendance, the amount will be transferred to a welfare fund that the university claims will be used for its students and staff.
Students alleged that the university management is trying to extort them.
“Many of us had genuine problems, such as suffering from ailments, due to which we could not attend classes. We were willing to show our medical prescription to the management but they did not agree. Even those who have 63% attendance are being asked to pay ₹10,000 along with the undertaking. This is unfair,” said Mayank (name changed), a student of computer science and engineering department.
The management said that the students will be fined only if they fail to attain necessary attendance in the next semester. Late in the evening, the management decided to let erring students appear for the exams from Monday by making them sign an undertaking, without the deposit.
“We are lenient in our policies. The amount will automatically be added to their fee for the next year if they attain the necessary attendance. We call it additional security fee. We are willing to give another chance to those who are stuck between 50% and 65%. We have decided to let them appear in the exams by signing the undertaking,” said Ajit Kumar, spokesperson, Sharda University.
Later, Abhinandan, circle officer of Greater Noida-1, assured students of looking into the allegations levelled against the university. “I assured students that a committee will be formed, which will be represented by both students and the university management, to probe the allegations levelled by students. We did not lodge any case,” said Abhinandan.