Student furore against 75% attendance rule for all subjects in JNU

“What kind of attendance they are talking about when we PhD students do not even have classes,” a PhD student said after Jawaharlal Nehru University made 75% attendance compulsory for students of all courses.

Teachers have to mark attendance with the signature of students which then would have to be submitted to the central office of the university.

The directive which becomes effective from this winter session, will apply to all part-time and BA, MA, M.Sc., M. Tech, MPH, PG Diploma and M.Phil. students.

60% attendance would be enough for students who can justify their absence on valid medical grounds, to sit for end semester exams.

A total leave of 30 days in an academic year is allowed officially with permission from the supervisor.

Now, it is mandatory for the MPhil and PhD students to attend at least two contact sessions with the supervisor.

The leave will be a part of their tenure of MPhil or PhD program. According to the circular as published by the institution, it is compulsory for all students to sign the attendance register every day.

Murud Tragedy: Last body found

A rescued student being taken to the hospital.
A rescued student being taken to the hospital

Pune: The life of 14 students and their families changed as tragedy hit them while on a trip to the Murud beach yesterday. After a 24 hour search operation, the body of the 14th student too has been recovered now. Saif Madki’s body was found after almost three hours of search operations conducted by the Indian Navy and Indian Coastal guard officials.

Almost 15 hours after the tragedy struck, the Chetak helicopter and speedboats arrived there and rescued around 13 students, out of which 10 were girls. These students belonged to MCES Abeda Inamdar College in Pune.

Around 116 students and 11 faculties from the Bsc Computer Science department had gone to Murud as a part of an annual tour conducted by the college, when tragedy struck them. Madki’s body was found almost 18 hours after the incident, while the bodies of 13 others were found yesterday itself. Six others were rescued by the officials.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakhs to the families of the victims. Maharashtra Governor CV Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis have given their condolences and said that the incident came as a big shock to them.

Rafiya Ansari and her sister Shafiya Ansari, Sumaiya Ansari, Sheefa Kazi, Supriya Pan, Sana Shaikh, Swapnali Salgar, Sajeed Choudhary, Iftekar Shaikh, Samreen Shaikh, Mohammed Ansari, Farin Sayyed and Rajlaxmi Pandugayala are among the students who lost their lives.

According to Santosh Rajankar, an eye witness, over 100 students had come to the area with their teachers and finished their sightseeing. The students then ventured into the sea during the time of high tides, in spite of warning from the locals and teachers.  

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Gas leak at KMML factory in Kerela; 70 students hospitalized

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Kollam: Around 70 students of Government HSS, Sankaramangalam were hospitalized following an alleged gas leak at the Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd. Plant in Chavra on Thursday morning.

Around 9 am several students of the school began citing dizziness and nausea and started vomiting profusely. The school authorities immediately admitted the students to Karunagappally Taluk Hospital nearby.

When asked about the matter, KMML managing director, P Michael Vetha Siromony, said, “The gas formed while burning petroleum coke, spread in ‘limited quantity’ while preparations were being done to start the chlorinator.”

The gas has not yet been identified. However, speculations state that large amounts of Hydrogen Chloride were released. The cause of the leak is unidentifiable and the possibility of deliberate sabotage is being looked into.

While several of the students have been discharged; most are still undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Several similar incidents have occurred at the KMML in the past, once in April 2007 and again in November 2011.

The situation was immediately brought under control.

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All fired up!

More than 500 students from Garware College on Karve Road had a thrilling interlude on Monday, as the Erandwane Fire Brigade Station and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams conducted a fire-fighting demonstration.

The demonstration started around 10.30 am and lasted an hour, inviting the active participation of college students and staff.


Two students critical after eating “Farsan”

Two 14-year-old students of an ashram shala in Junnar taluka, died of food poisoning after they ate “farsan” which they stole from an eatery near their school. The police have collected the samples of the “farsan” from the eatery and are investigating into the matter. A cae of accidental death has been registered and no arrests have been made so far.


Underage drinking draws police attention

Three months after liquor was served to minors at a party, the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has started its probe into the incident which involved Hotel Riverview at Mundhwa and Maya Lounge, Wagholi Road serving alcohol to students of class IX, X, and XI.


Read the whole story in Pune Mirror.