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Postcard alert for truant students

- KU to write to parents & curb absenteeism

Attend college regularly or face the embarrassing prospect of Kolhan University becoming your parents’ pen pal.

To combat the malaise of empty benches in class, Kolhan University has decided to adopt an innovative measure of sending postcards to parents from September, writing to them to convince their wards to attend class regularly.

And it is not all letters, either.

If a student absents himself or herself for more than a month without showing a reasonable cause, his or her admission is liable for cancellation.

Too many undergraduate and postgraduate students play truant from college, preferring to attend tuition or take professional training or even work part-time instead.

“Attendance is a big problem in colleges,” said the new vice chancellor (VC) R.P.P. Singh candidly when asked about the postcard campaign aimed at motivating parents to check student absenteeism.

“I don’t understand why students do not want to come to colleges and attend lectures and instead take tuition. We have implemented a punching system to regularise attendance of teachers. Now, the problem lies with the students who don’t turn up for class. So, we have decided to introduce a post-card campaign,” Singh said.

The VC would also personally visit different colleges to sort out problems from September, he stressed.

“Simultaneously, I will make it a point to visit colleges at regular intervals so as to sort out grievances of students and faculty members on the spot,” Singh said.

He added that he would like to regularly meet student activists and ask them to run constructive campaigns in their respective colleges — constituent and affiliated — to help improve the academic environment.

“This obviously includes improving student attendance in colleges,” he said.

“Since students activists are in touch with most students, it will be easier for them to convince people of their age group to enter classrooms,” Singh said.

Student activist Amitabh Senapati welcomed both the initiatives. “Never before have these things happened in the varsity. We think the postcard campaign and the VC personally taking stock of problems in the colleges will prove effective,” Senapati said. “If a VC takes personal interest in students, it is a great morale-booster,” he added.

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