A lot of talk has been done on the student attendance issue, particularly the compulsory attendance in colleges and about the possibility of fines for lack of attendance imposed by the universities. Let us take a look at how some of the classes in engineering colleges happen: A lecturer is giving a lecture; a couple of the front row students are trying to listen to the class; there are some apathetic students in the middle rows and there is chaos in the last rows.
Not only have I seen it from outside, but I have experienced this personally as a faculty to vouch that this situation happens. Here we are not discussing the pains of the faculty but we will concentrate on the kids in the first few rows. We know that these are the people who try and get most out of the class. The unruly behaviour of a small portion of the class disturbs them to the hilt. In the process, they feel tired. As this happens over and over again during most of the classes, the perseverance reduces and the effort is not there as they reach the final years of the course. This is not the rule but there are many colleges in our country where this happens. A society has a culture and therefore the culture needs to be examined very clearly by individuals before they finalise whether they can settle into that culture. This is true for all citizens around the world. The paradigm remains the same in the field of education and this emphasises the need to know the culture of the college where you are going to join before you opt for that place. This article is information to process for the front benchers. Rarely have their concerns been looked at by the society. It is taken for granted that the front benchers are self motivated and will perform their duties to the best of their abilities always regardless of the surroundings. This is true. But if you are a front bencher, will it not suit you if you are in a group where more people are willing listeners in a class rather than trouble makers? In the modern make up of colleges, this is one concern that the self motivated individual needs to address. It generally happens that you become part of a mixed group and then lead a quiet transformation from a front bencher to a forced back bencher which is a loss for you as an individual and the society at large. This should serve as a warning to those who feel that proximity to a college or other such factors are more important than such serious issues. You are putting your life in line and therefore make the best choice by considering the most important parameters and not the trivial ones. For that you need to be proactive; that you are; and find out the most important reasons to join a college. The understanding of how a college works is one of the first steps to climb.