Teachers playing truant,DU promises biometric

Registrar assures High Court after petitioner says DU lecturers work for just three-and-half hours a day on.

Written by Jayant Sriram | New Delhi | Published:September 20, 2012 3:59 am

Registrar assures High Court after petitioner says DU lecturers work for just three-and-half hours a day on

Promising to discipline teachers skipping classes,Delhi University has assured the Delhi High Court that it will ensure punctuality among teachers and install a biometric attendance register system in its colleges.

“The university is committed to implementation of the biometric system,” the DU registrar stated in an affidavit submitted on Wednesday to a division bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw.

The university filed the affidavit in reply to a public interest litigation filed by the Indian Council of Legal Aid and Advice. The petitioner argued that UGC regulations stipulated that universities and colleges must adopt at least 180 working days — a minimum of 30 weeks of actual teaching.

But the actual working hours being put in by a DU lecturer on a daily basis are generally about three and half hours,the petition stated. University teachers,the petitioner argued,had opposed the bid to implement the biometric system in December 2009.

“It seems 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 staff in the university,” the PIL stated.

The registrar,in an affidavit,told the court: “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.”

Referring to an 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.”

Accepting DU’s assurance,the bench disposed of the plea for introduction of the biometric system for marking the attendance of teachers so that they do not miss classes and put in adequate number of working hours.

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