Students are protesting that the university is charging a fine for attendance

The Dadar-based Indian Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), the oldest run by the Union Ministry of Tourism, has imposed heavy fines on students who do not attend in hopes of appearing for the end-of-semester exams this month However, the decision has not gone down well with students who claim that the amount of the fine is too high. Interestingly, the decision to allow students to appear for semester exams after paying a fine was taken in consultation with the students.

The university imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 per percentage of shortfall in compulsory attendance of 75 per cent, for appearing in the end-of-semester examination this month. This only applies to those with 45 to 75 percent attendance. All those who score less than 45 percent are excluded from the examination. According to the university administration, half of the second and third year student body of B.Sc Hospitality and Hotel Administration course falls in the list of defaulters.

A student who requested anonymity said, “With this, a student with 50 per cent attendance will have to pay Rs 25,000 fine to appear in an exam which is unreasonably high.”

Another student who did not have the required attendance said, “The practical exam has already started and the written exam will start from November 17. If we don’t pay the fine, we will have to repeat a whole year”.

According to the information provided by the college, out of a total of 430 students in the V semester which is the third year, 207 students are delinquent while in the III term, out of a total of 460 students, 204 do not fulfill the mandate assistance required. Of the defaulters, there are 36 and 31 V and III students, respectively, who are debarred from the exam, while others will be allowed to appear after paying the fine.

Principal Nisheeth Srivastava said, “Students had been warned after the first list of defaulters was prepared in September based on attendance in August. In October, when a new list was prepared, the Parents of all defaulters received emails saying their wards had been excluded from the end-of-term exam and were advised to come to a meeting.”

Although there is no rule regarding a fine for non-attendance, the decision was made after talking to the students. “The amount should be high so that students feel the pinch when they have to ask their parents for it,” Srivastava said.

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