Rigid attendance norm upsets Jamia students

Rigid attendance norm upsets Jamia students

“I don’t think it is fair to implement such a stringent rule at the postgraduate level.

Seventy-five per cent attendance is a lot. We can't even do internship or work part-time.

Also many students are not from Delhi. The rule is a constraint when we plan to go back home for a few days,” said Ambreen Anjum, a native of Kashmir, studying MA Peace and Conflict studies at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia.

The varsity, which implemented the rule in 2010, detained about 300 postgraduate students last year.

Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung earlier told reporters that they (management) have noticed that absenteeism was high in the university.

He also said the attendance pattern showed that serious students attended over 90 per cent of classes.

Genuine cases

The students felt that genuine cases should be dealt with differently. However, they agreed that many postgraduate students were holding full-time jobs, which was not right.

“I know a few students who work full time while being enrolled in postgraduate courses.

But genuine students need to be given a chance. In case a student is unwell, he/she has to get treatment at hospitals named by the university. The university will accept medical certificates from only those specified hospitals.

“What if we are genuinely unwell and take some other treatment? My department has been very kind in dealing with genuine cases but that is not the case with all the departments,” said Arshi Javed studying Political Science in the University.

The sean said the attendance norm is a university rule and will be adhered to strictly. “If any student has a problem with this, they should come and meet me,” said Tasneem Meenai, Dean and professor at Nelson Mandela Centre for Conflict Resolution.

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