KL News Network
In an apparent warning to the teaching staff, Registrar Kashmir University Saturday issued a circular asking them to mark their attendance responsibly through biometric mode. The circular was issued after the reports that 70 per cent of teaching staff is reluctant to adopt biometric mode of attendance.
The Varsity has introduced the biometric smart card attendance system to ensure punctuality of teaching and non-teaching staff. The system records the actual time when an employee enters or leaves the varsity.
The order in this regard was issued by administration department on the directions of Vice Chancellor after the students and scholars in the varsity complained that majority of the teaching staff either leave the varsity before due time or remain absent from the duties.
However, despite introduction of biometric system, it was found that majority of the teaching staff are not following the procedure.
Sources said that a review meeting under Vice Chancellor Professor Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi was convened in the University on Saturday and a formal circular was issued. The latest circular reads: “While reviewing the report of biometric attendance for the month of January 2017, it has been observed that a considerable number of teaching faculty have failed to register their biometric impressions on the machines while marking their daily attendance.”
The circular further reads: “It is as such reiterated that in their own interest, all members of the teaching staff should mark their attendance responsibly through biometric mode to justify their stay in compliance with UGC guidelines and also to dispense with the practice of Active Duty Certification by concerned heads.”
“When Western countries are doing it, why can’t we. It is a transparent system and I think nobody should have any objection with this system. We should shun our colonial mindset and follow the biometric mode for the betterment of the Varsity,” said a non-teaching official.
Sources added that majority of teaching staff has been opposing the system terming it against the UGC guidelines. Some feel that biometric smart card attendance system has been introduced to humiliate the teaching staff. (CNS)