TU professors oppose decision to make biometric attendance mandatory

Published On: September 30, 2022 06:50 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 30: The Tribhuvan University Teachers' Association (TUTA) has protested against the decision of Tribhuvan University to make biometric attendance of teachers and staff mandatory.

A meeting of the Executive Council of Tribhuvan University (TU) on August 23 had instructed all campuses and Departments to make biometric attendance mandatory to all teachers and staff. The TUTA has expressed serious objection over the decision stating that digital attendance is incompatible with the teaching profession.

TUTA President Prof. Dr. Basanta Dhakal in a statement said that the TU’s decision to implement digital attendance has drawn their serious attention. "The circular is not compatible with the teaching profession and the current system and conditions of the university. It is also against international professorial professional dignity, interests and sentiments,” it said, while adding that such an immature decision directly harms autonomy of the university.

The TUTA has also demanded withdrawal of the decision stating that it was brought with the aim of creating terror among the professors dedicated to academic activities. It also alleged that the decision was introduced in an undemocratic manner without holding discussion and consultation with stakeholders concerned.

The TUTA in the statement also alleged that the current university leadership had made an unreasonable decision to cover up its weaknesses as it has failed to create a proper academic and administrative environment in the university.

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