New Delhi, Dec 28: The Jawaharlal Nehru University has declared that attendance will be compulsory for students from the winter semester from January 2018 onwards. A circular to this effect was issued on December 22, 2017. But students and some faculty members have expressed their disappointment over the decision which according to them is against JNU’s tradition.

The circular stated that for students who have registered themselves in the winter semester 2018 programmes must attend the classes. It was also mentioned that more details regarding the minimum attendance percentage needed will be circulated later.

According to the Hindustan Times report, the decision was taken by the JNU academic council at its meeting on December 1, 2017. The JNU students’ union, however, said that there is no such decision on attendance. The reports quoted the students as saying that they were not consulted and only the vice chancellor decided on the matter. The Left-aligned JNU students’ union have called this move “anti-student”.

While speaking to HT, JNUSU Vice President Simone Zoya Khan said, “Attendance was not discussed in the academic council meeting with students or teachers. It was not even on the agenda. The Vice Chancellor had mentioned something about this saying they would do it but no decision had been made.”

Ayesha Kidwai, president of JNU Teacher’s Association (JNUTA) told HT, “This has zero support among the teachers’ community. We do not have an absentee problem, then why make attendance compulsory? If you miss classes, you miss out and fall behind. That should be punishment enough.”

According to the report the Vice Chancellor refused to comment on the issue.