Delhi University on Wednesday told the Delhi high court that it was committed to implementing a biometric attendance system for its teachers to ensure that they take classes regularly.
The university had tried to introduce the system in 2009, but had to hastily withdraw the order after Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) went on strike in protest.
“University of Delhi is committed to adopt and implement measures which are favourable and beneficial to the university system as a whole, such as biometric attendance system for teachers,” an affidavit filed by DU registrar AK Srivastava said.
The affidavit filed before a bench headed by acting Chief Justice AK Sikri came in response to a public-interest litigation filed by NGO Indian Council of Legal Aid which sought introduction of the system to keep a tab on the teachers.
Teachers’ cooperation sought
Referring to stiff protests by teachers three years ago when DU tried to implement the system, Srivastava said while the university was committed to bringing in the system to obviate any chance of irregularity or mischief in maintaining correct attendance records, teachers had to co-operate in this regard.
“The teachers after the implementation of the sixth pay commission have lucrative pay packets and are expected to justify the trust reposed on them by the society by working tirelessly for the betterment of the students,” the affidavit said.
The petitioner’s lawyer argued, “There is no system in place to ensure that a teacher comes to class regularly. A system must be put in place to make sure that the teachers complete their teaching hours and are present on all days prescribed by the UGC and specified by university rules.”
The PIL alleged that no lecturer marked their attendance even though registers were kept in colleges.