In a bold and unprecedented move, an entire batch of students was slapped a suspension notice by the management at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Mumbai, Vile Parle campus. The students belonged to the Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) honours batch. They were suspended for ‘misbehaviour’.
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As many as 180 second-year students from all three classes, SY B.Com A, B, and C, were served a suspension notice and asked to stay away from classes.
According to officials at NMIMS, a constant ‘disturbance’ or lack of attention among some students was being observed from the suspended classes and the faculty had even complained about it and said that it was affecting their teaching.
But what spurred the drastic step of suspension was when, right in the midst of an academic PowerPoint presentation, one student connected his device to the e-board (system) and started playing music.
A sense of “unfairness” prevailed among students. According to them the entire batch was not responsible. The troublemakers were few in numbers for whom now the batch has to suffer in the middle of the academic session.
Moral compass all time low across all levels of institutes
Adopting unethical practices, disrespect towards teachers, lack of attention in classrooms, mischiefs, an overall decline in studies, to even producing fake information during interviews, have been on the rise at all levels of institutes in the country. We have of late come to know about many such unacceptable incidents not just from academicians, lecturers, but even recruiters. Creating disturbances in class, rampant cheating, disrespect towards teachers, faking in interviews and exams, by taking advantage of loopholes of online interviews and remote proctoring – all of these are on the rise.
However, this type of bold step taken by any institute is something which has not been heard before. While strict steps should be taken to curb any type of mischievous activities and unethical practices, the interest of students who are innocent should be protected. They should not get affected or victimised for no fault of theirs.