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DUTA protests against biometric attendance system

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After stalling the biometric IDs — to keep a check on teacher attendance — proposal at the Executive Council meeting, Delhi University teachers also showed their opposition to the proposed semester system for the undergraduate level at the  General Body Meeting  last  Tuesday .

At the General Body meeting, the faculty protested an “anti-democratic” method in the implementation of the semester system.
The General Body approved an “action plan” to realise its demands which are  the  scrapping of the semester system proposal and the biometric attendance system.

After the GBM a protest march took place at the V.C’s office and an interesting banner expressing  their displeasure against the proposed initiatives was to be seen. It read get-well-soon banner with red roses, wishing their VC a speedy recovery.

After this unconventional form of protest , it is to be noted that teachers will take out a march from Mandi House to the ministry of human resource development on December 22 and similar protests will continue into January 2010 as well.

In  the previous DU beat issue , we talked extensively about DUTA’s grouse against the  imposition of the semester system in an allegedly undemocratic manner . The grounds stated for the opposition to the  biometric attendance system are numerous with  DUTA president Aditya Narayan Mishra  citing it as a “ stifling practice”. The other grounds for objections against the system include  it  being   restrictive to their academic freedom ,  curtailing academic inputs and   the lack of infrastructure conducive for the success of such a system. “The new system will restrict the movement of teachers, which could affect their input since the teachers have to go to various libraries after classes for research,” added Mr. Mishra.

Vice Chancellor, Deepak Pental , however   clarified that  it was not a question of the teachers integrity and the purpose of the GBM was  to discuss the proposal, not impose it. However he did   state ,”teachers are required to put in a minimum of 18 hours per week. The proposed system is just a way to monitor the attendance of the teachers.”

Some   however   felt  state that the  proposed biometric system would not drastically  effect them  and  in fact help do away with the general perception that the teachers do not take their classes regularly.

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