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JNU teachers told to mark attendance daily

Teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will now have to mark their attendance at least once a day on the biometric machines.

education Updated: Jul 17, 2018 14:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will have to mark their attendance at least once a day on the biometric machines.(HT file)

Teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will have to mark their attendance at least once a day on the biometric machines.

The move comes months after the university made 75% attendance the minimum requirement for students to sit for exams and to avail of various fellowships and scholarships.

However, there is no minimum attendance requirement for teachers. “Teachers get 30 days’ off a year and, other than that, they also go for seminars and workshops. On the remaining days, they are supposed to take classes and will have to mark their attendance,” Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector I, said.

The decision was taken by the university academic council (AC) in a meeting on Friday, July 13.

“While JNU had already implemented the rules of attendance for students and administrative staff, the 146th AC meeting, through a resolution, has made attendance mandatory for the teaching staff as well. The JNU faculty need to mark attendance at least once a day,” Mahapatra said. He said biometric machines will soon be installed in classrooms and, eventually, students will also have to mark their attendance on these machines.

“This will lead to improved governance and accountability of all stakeholders such as students, teachers and staff,” he said.

The JNU teachers’ association (JNUTA), however, said there was no formal agenda presented on the issue. “There was no agenda and no such thing was passed in the AC. When the meeting was about to end, the vice-chancellor just made a remark about this,” Ghazala Jamil, joint secretary JNUTA, said.

The AC also approved a rule that during the registration , at the beginning of every semester, all incoming and continuing students are required to give an undertaking that they will abide by the attendance rules.

“The JNU entrance examination will be held online. Many members, during an hour-long discussion on this issue, pointed out that the admission process in JNU will now be fairer, efficient, secure and bias-free,” he said.

First Published: Jul 17, 2018 14:25 IST