| A Patna Science College teacher briefs students on Tuesday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
A list of dos and don’ts and induction programmes to know each other made up the opening day for first-semester postgraduate students of Patna University on Tuesday.
Apart from the new postgraduate students, second- and third-year undergraduate students also returned to classes after a month of summer vacation.
The postgraduate students were briefed on the dos and don’ts they should abide by on campus. They were asked to maintain 80 per cent attendance and stay away from anti-academic activities such as ragging.
Prabhakar Jha, head of department, personnel management and industrial relations, said: “We told the students about regular attendance in classes, as the university has issued a circular making 80 per cent attendance mandatory. A student won’t be allowed to sit for the university examinations otherwise. Students, who remain absent from classes without prior notice, would also be fined Rs 50.”
Following the university’s directives, many departments also put up timetables on their notice boards, dividing the syllabi into periods or weeks.
They were also told about anti-ragging measures adopted by the university and a toll-free helpline number, 1800 180 5522, where students can complain against ragging.
The students were a little wary about the mandatory 80 per cent attendance. A first-semester student of personnel management and industrial relations said: “It is good that the university is serious about academics, but making 80 per cent attendance mandatory is not good. This is a time when many students prepare for competitive examinations and attend coaching classes. So, they might not be able to meet the 80 per cent attendance mark.”
At an induction programme for women’s studies scholars, vice-chancellor Y.C. Simahadri spoke on the subject’s importance.
Course coordinator Padamlata Thakur appealed to the administration for an extension of the admission deadline for the first-semester students. Only 15 out of 40 seats in the department were filled between June 24 and 29.
Apart from women’s studies, seats are left in several self-financing and regular courses. In personnel management and industrial relations, 40 students have taken admission against a capacity for 60. For geology, 20 out of 35 students have taken admission.