551 Mithibai students lose one year due to low attendance
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Over 500 Mithibai College students are expected to lose a full academic year due to lack of participation after Friday’s Supreme Court dismissed two of their special leave applications filed against the college.

The petitions were filed based on a June 26 decision by the Bombay High Court, which found that college had relaxed the rules in the past and admitted students with only 59 percent attendance.

Attendance is 60 percent.

However, on March 12, the HC dismissed another petition on the same subject submitted by 107 students and found that the court could not compromise on attendance discipline. The students then submitted a special leave request to the Supreme Court.

A bank of judges AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna rejected both petitions on Friday in a virtual hearing.

The university administration argued that it informed the students after the end of the semester that the overall attendance requirement had been reduced from the previous 75 percent to 60 percent. Represented by senior lawyer Milind Sathe, who was supported by lawyer Gaurav Shrivastav, the college said the attendance requirement is now expected to be further reduced to 50 percent.

The college also dismissed the claim that 59 percent of students were allowed to appear in the past and clarified that their grades had been rounded up to 60 percent. In some cases, the absence of some students was justified because they had to appear for their ATKT exams.

They also said that what the students were asking would have a wrong priority.

The college, an autonomous institution, had excluded 551 senior college students from the arts, commerce, science, and self-finance courses. They should appear for the second, fourth and sixth semester exams.

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