Now, JNU makes attendance compulsory for teachers
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.