Hall tickets denied due to attendance shortage- PU Students protest outside St Aloysius College.

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Mangaluru, February 21: Led by Campus Front of India (CFI), some students on Saturday February 21st protested outside the St Aloysius College, who were denied hall tickets by the management of St Aloysius PU College due to attendance shortage.

As many as 23 first PUC students of St Aloysius PU College were not issued hall tickets for the exams that began a few days ago, as they lacked the mandatory 75 percent attendance. However, three of the 23 students approached the DDPI, alleging that they had been done ‘injustice’ and urged for the hall tickets. The exams have begun on February 18th and will go on till February 28th.

The three students, Mohammed Sufiyan, Hilfaz Mohammed and Abubakker Siddique had approached the department of pre-university (DDPU) urging intervention in the issue. The protestors claimed that the DDPU visited the college and directed the management to issue the hall tickets.

The protestors claimed that though the students have shortage in attendance, the management cannot withhold the hall tickets without the bringing it to the notice of the PU Board, as quoted in a notice issued by the DDPU after visiting the college.

They also alleged that according to the rules, the parents of the 23 students were not informed about the shortage in attendance.

However, the PU Board’s website clearly states that students with less than 75 percent attendance are denied permission to answer the exams, including supplementary, and that they have to repeat the year. It also states that none has the power to overlook attendance shortage.

Principal of the college Fr Melwin Mendonca speaking to the media said that the 23 students were not given hall tickets as they lacked 75 percent attendance in their subjects. All the 23 students have attendance shortage, and the management has all the documents to prove it, he said.

On February 12th, the parents of the concerned students were called to the college and informed about their children’s attendance shortage, said Fr Mendonca.

DDPU officer Thimayya told the media that following the complaint from the student, he had visited the college and given a written request asking the college to issue the hall tickets. He said, the college has all the documents to show that the students have attendance shortage, hence it has denied the hall tickets.

The protestors said they would continue the protest until the hall tickets were issued.

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