The petitions were filed based on a June 26 order of the Bombay High Court which noted that the college had relaxed rules in the past and students with attendance as low as 59 per cent were allowed to appear for examinations.
The mandatory attendance is 60 per cent.
However, the HC had dismissed another petition on the same issue on March 12 filed by 107 students observing that the court could not compromise with the attendance discipline. Following this, the students had approached the Supreme Court with a Special Leave Petition.
A bench of justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna, in a virtual hearing, dismissed both the petitions on Friday.
The college administration argued that after the semester ended, it had informed the students that the overall attendance requirement was being reduced to 60 per cent from the earlier 75 per cent. Represented by senior advocate Milind Sathe, who was assisted by advocate Gaurav Shrivastav, the college said that now they were being expected to reduce the attendance requirement even further to 50 per cent.
The college also refuted the submission that students with 59 per cent were allowed to appear in the past, clarifying that their marks were rounded up to 60 per cent. And in some case, absence of a few students was justified as they had to appear for their ATKT exams.
They also said that what the students were demanding would set a wrong precedence.
The college, which is an autonomous institution, had debarred 551 senior college students from the Arts, Commerce, Science and selffinancing courses. They were to appear for the second, fourth and sixth semester examinations.