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AMU denies Times of India report on attendance

Thursday March 31, 2011 08:36:17 PM, Special Correspondent

Aligarh: The varsity officials in a statement March 31 have termed the report published by The Times of India carried about the students' attendance at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) as "erroneous" and factually incorrect.


"The news story “In AMU all you need is 30% attendance” published in The Times of India dated March 30, 2011 creates an erroneous impression which is contrary to the fact", a varsity official said in the letter addressed to the editor.


"It was not the “populist measure” by Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis as published in your esteemed newspaper but a duly deliberated decision of the Academic Council which comprises of all the Deans of faculties, Chairmen of departments of studies, Principals of colleges, elected members and other functionaries who are also senior faculty members of the University", the letter said.


"Moreover", it added, "The University has not lowered the percentage of compulsory attendance from mandatory 75% but has given compensatory attendance as a one-time measure only to those students who have participated in the faculty workshops (10%), for participating in extracurricular activities (10%), for submitting assignments (10%) and for good behavior (5%) as the University has witnessed heightened academic and extracurricular activities including those organized by the Students Union elected after a gap of three years."

Stating that though the proposal was initiated by the Secretary of the Students’ Union, Amir Qutub, the AMU official said, "The matter was discussed threadbare in the meeting of the Deans of faculties held on March 23, 2011 and the Deans decided to place the issue for wider discussion in the Academic Council and finally the Academic Council in its special meeting on March 24, 2011 after due deliberation unanimously took the decision."

Stating that the decision of the compensatory attendance will benefit only about 200 students out of the 30,000 strong AMU students community, it said, "The University has responded to certain genuine grievances of the students and through the due process of deliberations in the Academic Council has taken a decision in respect of PhD admission also."


"Why some faceless anonymous professor is finding fault with the process of democratic functioning at a period of time when students-administration synergy in the University is at the threshold of positive partnership is not difficult to understand", the official asked in his letter.







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