The Savitribai Phule Pune University has relaxed the 75% attendance norms for students who are presently undertaking online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision has been taken as several problems raised concern for the attendance mandate citing that there are problems with their internet connection and electricity, especially students belonging to the rural areas. The University generally requires students to maintain a compulsory attendance of 75 percent.
Starting 1sty August 2020, few colleges had started online classes with the attendance mandate. The rule has, however, now been relaxed for the academic year 2020-21. The varsity, while announcing the decision, said that education has to carried forward in the times of COVID-19 using synchronous as well as asynchronous methods.
Academic Deputy Registrar Uttam Chavan has requested each department to relax attendance norms. Pro Vice-Chancellor of SPPU NS Umarani has said that focus should not be on compelling students to adhere to strict classroom norms but instead to make the syllabus accessible to each student employing all available methods at disposal.
The varsity has asked its constituent colleges to map the classes online after considering the problems encountered by the various students in their respective places. The University has said that in case a student does not possess the requisite gadget or is facing troubles with internet connection, then relaxation should be offered to him/her. Students also believe that these methods will benefit as opposed to forcing them to attend classes only for the attendance mandate which can be counter-productive.