Court questions medical college on students’ attendance

June 14th, 2011 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday issued notice to Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) for allegedly allowing students with barely 30 percent attendance to appear in final exams.

The division bench of Justices S. Muralidhar and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, on its own initiative, took note of a media report on the issue and asked the college and the Delhi government to give their reply by July 6.

“Since this is a matter of concern and also of public interest, this court takes suo motu cognisance,” the court said.

The media report said that the MAMC had relaxed the rules that required students to have a minimum attendance of 70 percent to appear in the final exams.

“The dean of MAMC will explain in an affidavit, to be filed by the next date, whether factually the news item is correct and in exercise of which power and under what rule relaxation, if any, was granted to enable students with below-minimum attendance to take their final examinations,” the bench said.

The report claimed the biometric attendance system showed that more than half the students in the class did not have the requisite attendance to appear in the exams.

“The administration had to bow before the students’ pressure and allow them to appear in the exams despite poor attendance,” the report said.

The report added that the college had an average attendance of 20 percent for boys and 40 percent for girls. The average student attendance was barely 30 percent.

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