In a letter dated August 23, addressed to all VCs, Robert L Chongthu, the principal secretary to the governor, stated, “Students having less than 75 per cent attendance shall not be allowed to appear in university examinations. It is directed that the examination forms of those students whose attendance is less than 75 per cent should not be accepted. In special cases only (those having valid reasons), students having less than 75 per cent attendance will be allowed to appear in university examinations after proper scrutiny.”
The letter further highlighted the concern that some colleges were permitting students with less than 75 per cent attendance to participate in university exams. The chancellor’s office, represented by the governor, expressed dissatisfaction with this practice and directed that an order be issued to ensure strict adherence to the mandatory 75 per cent attendance rule before students are allowed to sit for university examinations.
This directive from the Raj Bhavan comes in the wake of a meeting between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar. The meeting took place amidst ongoing disagreements between the state education department and the chancellor’s office regarding the appointment of vice-chancellors in various universities.
Raj Bhavan, in a statement released after the meeting, noted that the chief minister and the governor discussed possible solutions to issues concerning universities and higher education in the state.
Interestingly, the chief minister’s meeting with the governor followed the state education department’s invitation for applications for the position of vice-chancellors in different universities. This invitation was issued less than a week before the deadline for application submission, as advertised by Raj Bhavan.
Applications for the role of vice-chancellors were solicited for several universities, including Patna University, Lalit Narayan Mithila University in Darbhanga, Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University in Muzaffarpur, Jai Prakash University in Chapra, BN Mandal University in Madhepura, and Aryabhatta Knowledge University in Patna.
Although the education department extended the invitation to apply for five of these universities on Tuesday, the BN Mandal University and Aryabhatta Knowledge University were exceptions. The terms and conditions for the roles remained mostly consistent across both advertisements, except for variations in the last date for submitting applications.
(With inputs from PTI)