SRINAGAR: After the University of Kashmir administration issued circular asking teachers to mark their attendance through biometric mode, the Kashmir University Teacher’s Association (KUTA) has opposed the move and impressed upon teachers not to adhere to it.
In a meeting, attended by KUTAs executive members, on January 23 the body resolved that the teachers should be excluded from the directive. “That the teachers should be excluded from marking their attendance trough bio-metric mode and impressed upon teachers not to adhere to it,” the meeting’s proceeding stated.
The proceedings of KUTA executive meeting dated December 30 and January 23 has been sent to Vice Chancellor’s PA, Registrar and Dean of the Academics.
Earlier, the University authorities had issued a circular dated January 21 directing ‘members of all teaching staff’ to mark their attendance ‘responsibly’ through bio-metric mode to justify their stay in compliance with the UGC guidelines.
“While reviewing the report of bio-metric attendance for the month of January 2017, it has been observed that a considerable number of teaching faculty have failed to register their bio-metric impressions while marking their daily attendance,” the circular read.
However, KUTA has pointed out that the nature of the jobs pursued by the teachers in the university doesn’t warrant a system of bio-metric attendance and their jobs can’t be compared with the employees who take jobs of entirely different nature. The teaching staff in the university is of the opinion that many teachers have to undertake fieldwork that requires them to leave early and return late in the evening. The teacher’s association also argued that the assessment of teachers can be carried out by UGC approved parameters like PBAS, API Scoring system.
The University authorities, however, are planning to implement the bio-metric attendance for all employees irrespective of the nature of their jobs, sources in the University administration told Reader on conditions of anonymity.
University of Kashmir PRO Faheem Aslam told Kashmir Reader that there is no ‘standoff’ between the teacher’s body and the authorities. “The KUTA members have circulated the minutes of the meetings at their own level. We have not received any official communication in this regard officially. We have sent a copy to the Vice Chancellor for his perusal,” Aslam said.
The UGC guidelines make it mandatory for all teachers to offer 40 hours of services per week. “We have been contemplating to place a flexitime for the employees in accordance with the nature of their job or work,” an official said.
Members in the KUTA meanwhile, have resolved that department heads shall not force their colleagues to carry out the bio-metric attendance.