At least 300 undergrad students are set to lose a year because they do not have 75% attendance to appear for semester exams which starts on Friday.
The students approached the University of Mumbai on Monday but to no avail.
Over 250 students are from NM College in Vile Parle BCom first, second and third year who have been barred from taking the exam as their attendance was less than 50%.
The students reportedly bunked college for their CA classes which they pursue side by side. Several students are from Usha Pravin Gandhi College, also in Vile Parle. Principal Geeta Mohan said, “We are still preparing the list of defaulters which include candidates from BMS, BMM and BSc IT courses.”
A FY BCom student of NM College cannot appear for the exams as he has 48% attendance. “While other colleges are not so strict, we have been asked to seek admission in distance education institute,” he added. Admission for distance education ended on September 16. Other colleges are in the process of preparing the defaulters’ list.
Attendance is counted lecture-wise. As per the Mumbai university rule, a student needs to have at least 75% attendance for appearing in the semester exams. Principals have been given discretionary power to grant 25% relaxation for students who represent the college/ university in sports, participates in cultural programmess or has some medical reasons.
NM College principal Sunil Mantri said, “The attendance rules were made clear since the beginning of the year to each student and parent. We conducted orientation programmes for parents and send them letters every month informing them about ward’s attendance. Personal meetings with parents of erring students were also organised.”
Mantri said that most students were pursuing CA course and so neglected college classes.
Pro vice chancellor of the university Naresh Chandra said: “We have asked colleges to review the case of students again. If the matter is not resolved, then we will try to accommodate the students in the institute of distance and open learning although admissions have closed.”
What the varsity’s rulebook says
Attendance is counted lecture-wise. As per the MU rule, a student needs to have at least 75% attendance for appearing in the semester exams. Principals have discretionary power to grant 25% relaxation for students who represent the college/university in sports, cultural programmes or skip due to medical reasons