Attendance in JNU to be made must from 2018

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been facing frequent students' protests over a host of issues since 2015, has moved in to ensure strict implementation of attendance rules in the campus.

In a circular, the University administration has notified that it will be "compulsory" for all students to record their attendance in their classes from the next academic session in 2018.

The JNU Students Union (JNUSU), however, protested the move, dubbing it as "arbitrary and irrational."

The University's Academic Ordinance of 2016 stipulates that a student "shall" put in not less than 80% attendance of the total contact hours in order to become eligible to appear in his or her examinations.

In exceptional circumstances, the vice-chancellor "may condone" shortage of attendance up to 5% of the total contact hours, it also provides.

"Unfortunately, the attendance rules were not being followed scrupulously," a university official told DH. The issue was discussed at a recent meeting of the academic council and it was decided to make attendance compulsory for all students across all disciplines, he added.

"In view of the decision of the academic council, the vice-chancellor approved its implementation from the Winter Session 2018. All schools/special centres/centres are advised to maintain an attendance record of all students," assistant registrar Sajjan Singh said in a circular.

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