Students lose holidays for bunking off classes
THE 2005 batch of MBBS under graduate students had to become scapegoats while KGMU teachers were absolved of any blame. The onus of mass bunking off came on the entire batch while the accountability of teachers to inform the Dean about it was ignored by the Proctor board.india Updated: May 26, 2006 00:26 IST
THE 2005 batch of MBBS under graduate students had to become scapegoats while KGMU teachers were absolved of any blame. The onus of mass bunking off came on the entire batch while the accountability of teachers to inform the Dean about it was ignored by the Proctor board.
The first-year batch has been charged with bunking classes of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, continuously from May 8 to May 19. They have been warned sternly and their summer leave has been reduced by eight days for bunking classes.
When the matter came to light, the vice chancellor, Prof SK Agrawal handed over the matter to the Proctorial board, which held several meetings to decide how the students should be punished. The board decided that the students be fined with Rs 1,000 and their vacations cancelled so that they took extra classes and completed their syllabus.
But the board never discussed the role of the subject teachers who were supposed to inform the Dean of their faculties through the respective heads of departments about students bunking classes.
The vice chancellor enquired on Wednesday about the extent of the teachers' responsibility in the students' exodus, but the query was turned down and recommendation for fine was sent to the registrar for final approval. The VC intervened and the recommendation for fine was snubbed.
"The recommendations were screened and the proposed fine has been waived off. But the vacations have been reduced for conducting extra classes. Since the teachers too were at fault not informing their seniors they would have to take classes so that the syllabus could be completed," said vice chancellor Prof SK Agrawal.
He said the fine amount was reduced, since this was an indirect burden on the students' parents. 'Extra classes would be a lesson well learnt by students and teachers as both of them did not fulfill their responsibility,' Prof Agrawal said.
Head of Physiology department Dr Sunita Tiwari too accepted that the punishment should be given commensurate to degree of offence.
"The exams began from May 21, and it is common for students to bunk classes a few days before the exams. Besides, there were two holidays between May 8 and May 19. But if varsity administration has decided to punish them it must be with the view to correct the malpractice of bunking classes before exams," she said.
First Published: May 26, 2006 00:26 IST