New Delhi, January 12: The Jawaharlal Nehru University has made minimum 75 per cent attendance compulsory for all part-time, BA, MA, M.Sc, M. Tech, MPH, PG Diploma and M.Phil students. The circular was issued by Assistant Registrar (Evaluation) Sajjan Singh, based on recommendations of the compulsory attendance committee.

However, if a student is absent on valid medical grounds then 60 per cent attendance will suffice. “If a student of part-time programme, BA, MA, MSc, MTech, PG diploma, M Phil and PhD course work is absent on valid medical grounds, a minimum 60 per cent attendance will suffice,” it said.

The committee has also said at least two contact/interaction sessions with the supervisor in a month is mandatory.

The M.Phil and PhD students have also been granted 30 days leave in an academic year with the supervisor’s permission. “M.Phil and PhD students who are absent from the university on valid academic grounds must have prior approval from supervisor/chairperson of the centre concerned and the competent authority,” the circular said.

The committee has added that the centre/school office will maintain the attendance records and a copy of the sheets will be submitted every month.

“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 centre/school office,” the circular said.

JNU Teachers Association had announced its decision to boycott the compulsory attendance for students and said it was “unproductive” and “meaningless” form of bureaucratic work for teachers.

With inputs from PTI