Nishant, a BA-LLB student at Amity University met with an accident and fractured his leg some time back. Doctors advised him complete bed rest and so he could not attend classes. Eventually Nishant failed to meet the minimum attendance criteria of 75%. He was, therefore, as per the university rule, debarred from taking examinations which were conducted in November 2010.
With the next semester round-thecorner, he is not allowed by university authorities to appear in the exams again as he now holds a year back. However, Nishant is not the lone case. There are nearly 400-odd students in various courses whose career is at stake. These students, a mix of first, third, fifth and seventh semesters are now left between a devil and a deep blue situation. Students especially the final year ones allege that university authorities have never debarred a student earlier on the basis of shortage of attendance. "The university all of a sudden wakes up and realizes for the first time that it has to follow the rule book,'' said Rishi Kirti, a fifth semester BA LLB student. The agitated students on Tuesday staged a demonstration in the main hall of the university demanding promotion to next class. Few students also had an open dialogue with the university authorities blaming them of ruining their life.
"We are ready to pay fine but putting a year back is a mark on our careers. If the university was clear about not promoting us, why did they take our semester fee? This indicates that they have nothing to do with students interest but only know how to make good money,'' alleged Diwakar Pratap and Mohd Aslam, BBA students. Both of them were admitted in the college in the first week of October 2010, and university began its first semester exams from November 12. There were students from BTech and BBA with 74.94 and 73% attendance who said that university cannot spoil the entire year. "We missed out on classes but due to some genuine reasons. And if they are so particular about this, what were they doing all these years. The punishment for our mistake is not justified,'' said worried Aishwarya Srivastava, Sonal Shukla and Soumya Tripathi. After media created pressure on university authorities, they met some students. The problem of students was discussed in length.
University director general, Major General KK Ohri while talking to TOI said: "The rules and regulations of the university cannot be altered for some students. The rule book clearly says that a student should have minimum of 75% attendance. The final decision on anything is taken by university's main campus in Noida.''
The end result that came out on Tuesday evening was that students were asked to give the reasons of missing the classes in black and white. "We will forward all applications to the main campus and would follow their instructions accordingly,'' said Maj Gen Ohri.