From the winter session 2018, the minimum of 75% has been made necessary by Jawaharlal Nehru University for part-time programmes – B.A., M.A., M.Tech, PG Diploma, M.Phil, and Ph.D. to appear in the end-semester for that course. The guidelines for compulsory attendance in the campus have been recently passed by the committee formed by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration.
Despite the protests by students and several teachers, the committee formed by the Academic Council (AC) has suggested several rules for students. If a student of the part-time courses is absent from class on medical grounds, he or she must get a certification from the chief medical officer (CMO) of the JNU health center and he/ she can be considered for the end-semester exams with only a 60% attendance.
At least two contact/ interaction sessions with the supervisor in a month are mandatory. M.Phil and Ph.D. students who are absent from the university on valid academic grounds must have prior approval from supervisor/ chairperson of the center concerned and the competent authority. The M.Phil and Ph.D. students have also been granted 30 days leave in an academic year with the supervisor’s permission. An attendance sheet which has been attached with the circular will be completed for each lecture/practical/lab by course instructor/ teacher. The sheet will be submitted by the teacher on the same day at center/ school office.
The JNU Student’s Union (JNUSU), which has been opposing the decision of the university, have called for a strike on January 15. It is for the first time that JNU has made the minimum attendance compulsory for its students. The decision was taken at the recently held 144th academic council (AC) meeting. Criticising the decision of the administration, the people hold the view that JNU is primarily a graduate school driven by research students. How can we have an attendance requirement for research students? They are supposed to pursue research, not be available for an attendance register.
The ABVP, too, condemned the decision and said that the JNU administration is not in sync with the technological evolutions and paradigm shifts in the debate on how education should be parted.