Despite directions from the principal secretary, higher education, and director public instruction (DPI, colleges), Punjab, to the teachers of government colleges to mark their attendance in a register, teachers have not bothered to do so.
A visit to Government College for Girls (GCG), Ludhiana, revealed that the teachers were not marking their attendance. The situation is no different in other government colleges across the state, including SCD Government College, Ludhiana.
Talking to HT, GCG Ludhiana principal Gurminder Kaur said, “We have informed the DPI (colleges) that teachers are not marking their attendance. I have directed the teachers to sign the attendance register in the morning and again while leaving the college. But no teacher is following this.”
Neelam Bhardwaj, principal, Government College, Hoshiarpur, said, “We have 103 teachers in our college. Of these, 40 are regular, who are not marking their attendance. All parttimers and guest faculty have been marking their attendance regularly. The regular teachers have been repeatedly told to mark attendance, but to no avail.”
DPI (colleges) Gurdev Singh Ghuman said, “In a recent meeting with the principal secretary, higher education, the issue was discussed and it was decided that from next academic session we will introduce biometric system for teachers.”
He added, “During my visit to government colleges, I have directed principals to ensure that every teacher marks attendance in the register, but I was informed that teachers go home after giving one or two lectures. So we have decided to introduce biometric system in colleges where teachers will mark their attendance. Every teacher has to stay in the college for at least five hours. There is a need to keep a track of teachers’ attendance so the biometric system will be introduced in all 48 government colleges of Punjab from the next session.”