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Absenteeism in colleges worries V-C

WIDESPREAD ABSENTEEISM in colleges has put Barkatullah University Vice - Chancellor Prof R S Sirohi on the horns of a dilemma. He wishes to strictly enforce the 75 percent attendance norm for a student?s eligibility to appear in the examination but doing that would mean debarring a huge number of students.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 13:51 IST

WIDESPREAD ABSENTEEISM in colleges has put Barkatullah University Vice - Chancellor Prof R S Sirohi on the horns of a dilemma. He wishes to strictly enforce the 75 percent attendance norm for a student’s eligibility to appear in the examination but doing that would mean debarring a huge number of students.

Realising that debarring students is an impracticable solution, the V-C seems to be reconciled to let this year pass without punishment. From next session, though he plans to be tough vis-à-vis the attendance norm.

“ We are at least taking steps in the right direction,’’ he told Hindustan Times. For now, he has decided to take the matter to the standing committee of the university for thorough discussion.

During recent sudden inspections, the Vice-Chancellor discovered that in a majority of the affiliated colleges, attendance was far below the norm. What is more, in many colleges classes were not conducted owing to either lack or absence of teachers.

The V-C admitted that given the low percentage of attendance, a logical action would be barring the students from the exams but that would create a big problem. “ I have therefore decided that the matter is put up before the standing committee for discussion,’’ Prof Sirohi said.

He also candidly attributed the poor attendance partly to shortage of regular faculty members and lack of commitment of the contract and guest teachers to teaching.

Students could be sensitised about importance of attending classes but unless conditions are made conducive for academics, this exercise would have little meaning, he admitted.

Prof Sirohi also pointed to the fact that classes started quite late because of repeated extension of admission date by the State Government.

One of the temporary remedies to address the non-conduct of classes this year is holding extra classes and this is being done in some colleges.

“We have already started classes and would be giving two attendance per class attended to students,’’ principal of the Saifia College S Nasir Ali, who is also dean, College Development Council (DCDC) of the university, said.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 13:33 IST