KU makes biometric attendance mandatory for employees

Cracking a whip on the teaching and non-teaching faculty members, the authorities in the Kashmir University (KU) have decided to release the monthly salary of the faculty members on basis of the attendance marked in biometric attendance system.
KU makes biometric attendance mandatory for employees
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Cracking a whip on the teaching and non-teaching faculty members, the authorities in the Kashmir University (KU) have decided to release the monthly salary of the faculty members on basis of the attendance marked in biometric attendance system.

The directions in this regard have been passed by the Registrar Kashmir University (KU) in the last week of December 2016.

The faculty members have been asked to make their attendance "mandatorily" on biometric devices from January while the authorities have made verification from biometric attendance system mandatory for release of salary.

"No Active Day Certificate shall be entertained for release of salary from this month and verification from bio metric attendances system shall become mandatory for considering attendance for release of salary," reads the KU circular.

Highly placed sources in KU said the decision was taken to ensure accountability among the teaching and non- teaching faculty members in the varsity.

"The administration has observed that some Professors and other teaching faculty members come to University around 12 noon and leave at 2 pm. This has marred the academics in the varsity and will have long term impact on the students. We are trying to make the teaching as well non teaching faculty members accountable," a top official in KU said.

He said the contractual lecturers were overburdened by the permanent faculty members in various departments which has adversely affected the academics of the students.

Meanwhile, the employees who have not yet registered their biometric prints have been asked to ensure their registration with the Directorate of Information Technology and Support System (IT&SS).

"Employees who have not registered their biometric prints should resolve the same with the IT and IT&SS immediately to avoid inconvenience," reads the circular.

Officials said the biometric attendance system is in place in reputed universities and intuitions since 2010. "So there is no reason for any faculty member to oppose the system which is being put in place," officials in KU said.

As per the circular, the varsity has decided not to accept any official communication from the personal e-mails of the employees.

"For the purpose of official communication, all employees shall create official email (@uok.edu.cin) or (@kashmiruniversity.ac.in) in their respective names from the Directorate of IT&SS. No official correspondence shall henceforth be entertained from unofficial email accounts," the circular reads.

Greater Kashmir had earlier reported that the KU authorities in March last year started biometric attendance system for all non-teaching employees of the varsity to monitor attendance of the non-teaching staff of the varsity and its satellite campuses.

The Heads of departments and Directors of satellite campuses were asked to transfer an amount of Rs 25000 each to the university account.

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