Delhi University plans to install biometric attendance register

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The University of Delhi  has said that it will install biometric attendance register system in its colleges. The university is committed to implementation of the biometric system, said the Delhi University (DU) registrar in an affidavit to the Delhi High Court bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw.

The court has accepted university’s assurance, the bench disposed of a plea for introduction of the biometric system for marking the attendance of teachers so that they do not miss classes.

The affidavit speaks that the Delhi University is committed to adopting and implementing measures which are favourable and beneficial to the university system as a whole, such as the biometric system of attendance for its teachers in order to ensure their presence in colleges and ensure the participation of all teachers in the teaching process.

According to the UGC notification which seeks teachers’ availability for at least five hours daily in the college, the university said, “After the implementation of the sixth pay commission, the teachers have lucrative pay packages and are expected to fully justify the trust and confidence reposed by the society in them.”

“The working hours actually being put in by a lecturer/ assistant professor/ teacher in Delhi University on a daily basis generally are just about three and a half hours assuming tutorials are held as against the UGC prescribed five hours,” the petitioner had contended adding “the teachers opposed the bid to implement the biometric system in December 2009.

According to the PIL, the university is not implementing the biometric system under pressure from teacher unions, which for the teachers’ selfish interests do not want it to happen even as the same has been implemented for non-teaching staffs in the university.