Falling rate of attendance of undergraduate students, coupled with political interference, has become a source of concern for college managements.

Students pursuing B.Com, BA and such courses were using the influence of local big-wigs and politicians to put pressure on colleges to allow ineligible students to get promoted against rules by “changing” attendance records. Acharya Nagarjuna University Rector K. Viyyanna Rao said that that awareness had to be spread among the parents and students on the need for maintaining academic discipline so that there was no confrontation. The ANU sought details of the attendance records at the KBN College in city recently following the orders of the Higher Education Department and a report was sent to the Government.

The KBN College was in focus recently after parents and relatives of about 90 students, who faced detention following lack of prescribed attendance, brought pressure on the management to permit their wards to sit for an examination.

Second year degree students, mostly from B.Com tax procedure course, had less than 50 per cent attendance which disqualified them from taking the year-end examinations. Their parents along with local leaders had a confrontation with the college management and made a representation to the Higher Education Department when the college refused to yield to their demand.

KBN College principal P. Krishna Murthy said a degree student should have at least 75 per cent attendance to get his or her hall ticket for year-end examinations. Those having attendance between 50 per cent and 75 can pay condonation fee to get eligibility.