Now, JNU makes at­ten­dance com­pul­sory for teach­ers

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Af­ter mak­ing at­ten­dance manda­tory for all reg­u­lar stu­dents, the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity (JNU) an­nounced the same rule for the teach­ing com­mu­nity on Fri­day. With this, the fac­ulty mem­bers will have to give at­ten­dance at least once in a day.

The de­ci­sion has been taken dur­ing the 146th Aca­demic Coun­cil (AC) meet­ing on Fri­day, with an aim “to im­prove gov­er­nance and ac­count­abil­ity of all the stake­hold­ers”.

“While JNU had al­ready im­ple­mented the rules of at­ten­dance for stu­dents and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff, the 146th AC meet­ing through its res­o­lu­tion has made at­ten­dance manda­tory for the teach­ing com­mu­nity as well,” JNU Rec­tor, Chin­ta­mani Ma­ha­p­a­tra said in a state­ment.

How­ever, teach­ers said the mat­ter was not even a tabled agenda item of the meet­ing. “Af­ter dis­cus­sions on agenda items were over, in­clud­ing a pro­posal to in­tro­duce a bio­met­ric sys­tem to mon­i­tor stu­dents’ at­ten­dance, some­body made a light joke say­ing how about the teach­ers? The ViceChan­cel­lor abruptly picked it up and passed the ver­dict. No dis­cus­sion was al­lowed on this.

It looks like this was pre­de­cided and there­fore im­me­di­ately as soon as the meet­ing got over, a state­ment has been is­sued by the var­sity,” said JNU Teacher’s As­so­ci­a­tion (JNUTA) pres­i­dent, Son­a­jharia Minz.

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