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220 BCom students debarred from exams for poor attendance

Around 220 Bachelor of Commerce students from NM College in Vile Parle have been debarred from appearing for their semester exams this month, as they have less than 50 per cent attendance. The debarred students have been making desperate attempts to get their ticket back into the exam hall, with their parents in tow.


In attendance: Worried parents and students flocked to the Fort campus of Mumbai University on Monday to seek an audience with the chancellor and beg him to intervene and ask the NM College principal to give his decision a rethink.

The debarred BCom students, from all three years of the college, have been making a beeline for the University of Mumbai campus to meet the vice-chancellor and plead their case.

Two students each from first, second and third year batches, and two parents were called in to meet Vice-Chancellor Rajan Welukar, Pro Vice-Chancellor Naresh Chandra and BCUD director Rajpal Hande on Monday, at the university’s campus in Fort. It is reported that the vice-chancellor spoke to the principal of NM College after the meeting, but the latter refused to allow the students to appear for the exams.

Following this, the university official offered the debarred students the option to take admission in IDOL (Institute of Distance Open Learning), so as not to lose a year.

Worried parents even flocked to NM College yesterday at 8 am to speak to the principal and request him, yet again, to allow the students to appear for the exams, which will begin on October 4 for FY BCom students, and on October 21 for TY BCom students. However, the principal refused to budge from his decision and stood his ground.

Students in trouble
>> The debarred BCom students, from all three years of the college, met the vice- chancellor with their case
>> The V-C spoke to the principal of NM College, but the latter refused to allow the students to appear for the exams
>> The debarred students have been offered the option to take admission in the Institute of Distance Open Learning (IDOL), so as not to lose a year

Voices
We pleaded, and even cried in front of the principal, requesting him to give another chance to our kids. But he is not ready to listen. Our kids just need a second chance from the college.
— Parent of a debarred student

Most of the students have 49.85 per cent attendance, and even they have been debarred. They should at least relax the rule for those who have attendance above 40 per cent.
— A TY BCom student of NM College

We organise festivals, participate in competitions and bring prizes to the college. When we participate in these extra-curricular activities, we are marked absent, which is not fair.
— SY BCom student of NM College  

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