Students protest VTU attendance rules
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BANGALORE: Hundreds of R V College of Engineering students staged a protest in front of the Visvesvaraya Technological University regional office on Saturday against the new rules increasing minimum attendance to 85 per cent and the college hours.
This comes a couple of days after M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology students launched a signature campaign against the rules.
The students urged the university to revoke the rules with immediate effect. “Making 85 per cent attendance compulsory is too harsh. Besides, the new college timings, from 9 am to 4 pm, leave us with no time for other activities,” students complained.
VTU Regional Officer Jayaprakash said 85 per cent minimum attendance rule is applicable to I and II semester students only. As regards the 9 am to 4 pm rule, he said the timings were extended to facilitate better interaction between students and the faculty. “The rule will be examined and colleges informed about any change,” he added.
Later, students told the Sunday Times of India that it was very strenous to attend classes from 9 am to 4 pm. “We have virtually no time for sports, entertainment or cultural activities. Students are not free on Saturdays also. Besides, there is no time for preparing for any competitive examinations or higher studies abroad,” they said and added that the old system provided for a five day week including two full days and three half days.
When contacted, Jayaprakash said the 9 am to 4 pm rule was being reexamined. The 85 per cent rule was applicable only to first and second semesters, he clarified.