The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) administration will soon install biometric attendance system for its employees, said officials on Monday. Officials said that the administration had recently issued tenders for as many as 12 biometric machines for the first phase of installation.
Sources in the PGI administration told Chandigarh Newsline on Monday that the hospital administration has decided to setup biometric attendance system in a phased manner at the hospital.
“We have identified some places in the institute where it will be installed. From those places, the initiative will be carried forward,” said an official.
The officials also said that the machines would be setup in areas like the administration block, medical superintendent’s office and also at the public relations office.
Although the hospital authority has just issued tenders for these machines, the process was initiated long time back.
The hospital has made a committee which has already met several times in the past as well to discuss the issue.
One of the committee member told Chandigarh Newsline that the process to set up biometric machine is on trial basis. “In various government hospitals where the biometric machines have already been installed, the administrations have faced several issues,” th e committee member added.
“We will wait to see how the machines work and then take further decisions,” he added.
At present, attendance is marked on a register. The PGI administration believes that the move to install biometric attendance system will help in bringing efficiency in the attendance system.
“There is no strict check about the attendance system in PGI,” said an administration official. “By installing these machines, we could keep a tab on the staff’s attendance in a proper way,” he added. The official also said that there weren’t any plan yet to put PGI doctors under its ambit.
“For the moment, we are planning to put up these machines in the areas which are only linked to the administration,” the official added.