Judging academics on the basis of Attendance at MITSOM
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MIT School of Management was affiliated to Pune University and in the year 2017, they formed their own university called 'MIT World Peace University'. The attendance criteria in Pune University was 70-75% but in MITWPU it is 90%. MITWPU also introduced trimesters (3 months) instead of semesters, making total number of lectures per subject to 40 (in 12 weeks of a trimester), and if a student is unable to attend more than 4 lectures per subject, he/she isn't allowed to submit any assignments, give any examinations (internal/surprise tests) or aren't allowed to attend any industrial visit or anything else, they are called 'The Defaulters'.
Only 4 lectures per subject are given to sickness/marriage of a relative/leave due to academic competition or anything. Lectures start at 8:15 am and if a student is late in any lecture, even if they are 5 minutes late, they are marked as 'Absent' from that specific lecture. Due to 90% attendance, a student isn't allowed to be present in any examination which makes him/her lose marks, which is later used to mock their academic excellence. Due to this, capable students, who are required to take leave due to extra-curricular activities stay behind in other activities.
The below posted text (cons) is copied from a Quora answer (Quora Answer Link) :
"The college makes students sit compulsorily as the audience because a guest is here at campus. If students fail to attend or leave, they are always threatened with illogical conditions like no attendance for a week or less internals or no project guidance. What more, once you are “trapped” inside the hall, you cannot leave even if you have some work outside. They hardly consider if students have the time to forcibly attend an event they’re really not interested in. Students are hostelites, they have work and other commitments rather than being a dumb uninterested audience."
In the above text, attending events are MANDATORY and attendance for such are calculated forcefully, as stated above.
Our Suggestion: We humbly request them to lower the attendance criteria to what is was before(75%). We request them not to judge us on the basis of our attendance. because a student having less attendance can also be good at academics or in any other field. We request them to help the students to explore what they are good at. 90% attendance restricts the timings of students which could be invested in other activities where a student can find themselves. We humbly request them to please look into this matter.
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