August 30, 2012 -
The Delhi High Court has requested submissions from the University of Delhi and the University Grants Commission (UGC) on public interest litigation that seeks to introduce a biometric attendance system for university instructors.
The litigation, filed by the Indian Council of Legal Aid and Advice, said that a biometric system should be introduced to ensure that teachers adhere to set teaching hours and days prescribed by the UGC and university rules.
Advocate R.K. Saini, appearing in court on behalf of the Council, said that the UGC in its 2010 regulations stated that universities and colleges must adopt a minimum of 30 weeks of actual teaching.
He submitted that as per the UGC norms, the workload of teachers should not be less than 40 hours a week for 180 teaching days.
The University of Delhu had planned to introduce the biometric system in 2009 but they had to hastily withdraw the decision after the Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) went on strike in protest.