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Shreya Bhandary,Mumbai: Colleges in Mumbai have used the carrot-and-stick policy to bring down the number
of students who stay away from classrooms, this year. Many colleges have seen a drastic fall in the number of students defaulting on attendance this semester after they introduced stricter rules.
Mithibai College in Vile Parle, which had made news for debarring 90 final year students from different streams, including 56 third-year BCom students in March this year because they had poor attendance, has only eight defaulters this semester.
St Xavier’s College, Dhobi Talao, maintains subject-wise attendance records for their students and while 300 students across courses were in the defaulters’ list last year, the number stands at 60. Instead of just penalising defaulters, the college has started awarding students with good attendance record. The college is awarding such students five marks in the respective subjects.
“There has been a fall in the attendance defaulters but we still need to do more. As of now, the feature of extra marks for good attendance has only been introduced for first year students,” said Agnelo Menezes, principal, St Xavier’s College.
While St Xavier’s College will introduce the same feature for other batches with every passing academic year, Mithibai is ensuring that students attend all lectures. “The college has maintained subject-wise attendance records of students on a monthly basis and parents have been informed about the status every month,” said Rajpal Hande, principal, Mithibai College.
At KES Shroff College in Kandivali, of the close to 130 degree students had defaulted on attendance last year, seven were not allowed to write their exams in March this year and the attendence has improved. “The numbers have gone down, slowly but steadily. Our staff has been working very hard in ensuring that attendance records are maintained well and kept the system transparent for parents to check as well,” said Lily Bhushan, principal of KES Shroff College.