Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Taking cognizance of the grievances lodged by students of various colleges over fulfilling minimum attendance criteria, Odisha government today reiterated that students having less than 75 per cent attendance will not be allowed to appear in the end-term examination.

The Higher Education department in a letter to Principals of all government colleges and non-government aided colleges mentioned, "It has been stipulated that college students have to attend at least 75 per cent of available classes failing which they shall not be allowed to appear in end-term examination."

The students, however, can compensate the low-attendance level to fulfil the criteria by attending remedial classes held by their respective colleges.

"Wherever students' attendance is below the prescribed minimum of 75 per cent level, remedial/extra classes should be held for those students so that they can reach the minimum 75% attendance level," the department said.

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It is pertinent to mention that flames of protests were seen at various colleges in Odisha after some students were barred from sitting in the examinations reportedly on account of low attendance in the academic session.