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Attendance whip on teachers, again

The Raj Bhavan

Patna: Governor Satya Pal Malik has told university vice-chancellors to ensure that teachers are regular in taking classes, informed sources in the Raj Bhavan said.

Despite earlier directives to universities and college teachers, irregular attendance of teachers has been a persistent problem - especially in rural areas - and sector insiders often cite it as a reason for drop in students' attendance.

Patliputra University vice-chancellor Gulab Chandra Jaiswal, while attending a function at Sri Arvind Mahila College last week, had shared an anecdote.

"During my visit to a college in western Patna rural area, we came to know that students' attendance at college was low. The students informed us they were not regular in classes as hardly any teachers come for taking classes," he had said.

On earlier occasions as well, Raj Bhavan - the governor is the chancellor of all state varsities - had taken initiatives to ensure teachers take classes regularly, including making it mandatory for university and college teachers to be present at work for a minimum of five hours every day.

Universities were also asked to inform Raj Bhavan about daily attendance of teachers, and to install biometric attendance registers at colleges and postgraduate departments. Many universities have installed the biometric machines.

Ranjit Kumar Verma, vice-chancellor of the newly constituted Munger University, said: "We have started the process of installing biometric machine at all colleges under the varsity. Two biometric machines each will be installed at 17 colleges."

Patna University has installed the biometric machines at postgraduate departments and two colleges, Magadh Mahila College and Patna Women's College. The teachers have also welcomed the move.

Suheli Mehta, a teacher at Magadh Mahila College, said: "The college has installed biometric attendance system with facial recognition features. Teachers in the morning and evening when they come to leave the institutions have to stand before the machines for attendance."

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