Biometric attendance must for OU staff from next month

Come next month, teaching and non-teaching staff of Osmania University (OU) and its constituent colleges will have to record attendance through biometric system. This will be linked to the payroll.

Though biometric machines were installed last year, recording attendance on it had not been made compulsory. “We will soon issue a circular making it mandatory for all our campus colleges as well as constituent colleges,” said university Vice-Chancellor S. Ramchandram, adding that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has mandated it for all varsities.

As of now, there are about 950 teachers — both regular and contractual — at OU, including in its constituent colleges. As far as non-teaching staff is concerned, there are nearly 3,500 employees, including those working on contractual basis.

The university signed an MoU with the Telangana State Technology Services Aadhaar-based Biometric Attendance System (TSBS-ABAS) for implementing the system. TSBS-ABAS will be responsible for installing the machines and also for the software.

For affiliated colleges, OU plans to make it compulsory in a phased manner. Some of them are already doing it and the rest should follow in the interests of students, the Vice-Chancellor said. In affiliated colleges, the managements have been asked to collect Rs. 100 per student per semester for installation of the facility.

Varsity officials feel the move will improve accountability among teachers and the non-teaching staff. This will also bring in more discipline among some teachers accused of not taking classes.

With the system in place, higher authorities will have the evidence to pull up teachers who come late and miss classes or leave early without permission.

Prof. Ramchandram said he plans to extend the biometric attendance system to research scholars soon since they have to work in labs. Their regular visits will streamline the research activity and help them complete their projects on time, he added.

On including students in the biometric system, he said it was “inevitable but we don’t want to rush as of now”.

We will soon issue a circular making it mandatory for all our campus and constituent colleges.

S. Ramchandram,

Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University

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