New law campuses see 28% attendance: AG

Advocate General Vijay Narayan on Monday told the Madras High Court that 28% of the students of Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College here attended classes on Monday, the first day of the current academic year, on the two new campuses constructed at Pudupakkam in Kancheepuram district and Tiruvalangadu in Tiruvallur district.

The submission was made before a Division Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and V. Parthiban, who were seized of a batch of writ petitions filed by a section of students challenging the shifting of their college from a 127-year-old heritage building near the High Court campus to the two new campuses located on the outskirts of the city.

Low attendance

When the judges wondered why the attendance was so low on the first day, the A-G said: “My Lords, I too asked the same question to the college authorities. They said, normally attendance will be only around 10% in the first week of an academic year. So, relatively, this year we have recorded much better attendance at the new campuses.”

The A-G also said that messages were being widely spread on the social media asking the students not to attend classes until the present cases were decided. He showed one such message, reportedly circulated by Students Federation of India (SFI), to the judges and said that some of the students were hesitant to attend classes due to such messages.

Irked over this , Mr. Justice Kirubakaran asked: “Will the people who are circulating the messages come to the rescue of students if they lose the amount of attendance required to appear for their examinations?”

The matter was adjourned to July 13.

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