SPPU: 75% Attendance No Longer Mandatory for Online Classes as Many Students Face Network Issues
Some students have previously mentioned problems with irregular internet connections in their hometowns.
Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has relaxed the 75% compulsory attendance standard for the first semester for which classes are conducted online.
Earlier, the issue of the attendance mandate was raised by a few students, especially those from rural areas, citing problems with electricity and the internet.
Classes for a few colleges began on August 1 with the attendance rider. After much deliberation, the rule for 2020-21 has been relaxed.
While doing so, the varsity said that education at the time of Covid-19 needed to be completed by synchronous and asynchronous methods.
Uttam Chavan, Deputy Registrar (Academic) asked each department and college to make it easy to attend.
NS Umarani, pro-vice chancellor, SPPU, said, "Students should not be forced to adhere strictly to the customs of the classroom, and instead we should focus on synchronous and asynchronous methods.
Students also believe that these methods will work instead of forcing them to attend classes-which could lead to stress and thus prove to be counter-productive.
Krushna Sathe, a student at ILS Law College, said, "Many students have gone to their hometowns. It is not necessary for each student to have internet connectivity to attend live lectures. If student material is provided, they can download it as per their convenience and check it out. If students miss out on the online lectures and attendance is taken into account, then they can download it as per their convenience.”
SPPU asked colleges to consider the problems faced by students at their respective locations and then map online classes.
In the event that a student does not have continuous access to the internet or gadgets, relaxation should be provided.