MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by 107 students of Mithibai College at Vile Parle to allow them to appear for the summer examinations.
The college, which is an autonomous institution, has debarred 550 senior college students from arts, commerce, science and self-financing courses due to poor attendance.
“Prima facie, it is not possible for us to compromise with the attendance discipline,” said a bench of justices Ravi Deshpande and justice Prithviraj Chavan who heard their petition.
Students’ lawyer Swapna Kode argued that they have attendance between 50 to 60% and that the college principal has condoned the attendance of those between 60 to 65%. According to the attendance rules, a student has to have 75 per cent overall attendance and 70 per cent in each subject. Kode also claimed that the students were informed “mid-term” about the attendance requirement.
However, this was countered by the advocate appearing for the college who said the handbook and prospectus clearly states the attendance requirement. He said the college had put up various notices and had also sent messages to parents and guardians about the poor attendance.
“The college has done everything it could do,” he added.