Anna University, which is already keeping an eye on students of its affiliate colleges on attendance and academic performance, is next turning its gaze on the faculty of these colleges to keep a check on their numbers and attendance.
Anna University has issued unique identity numbers to over 10,000 faculty members in private engineering colleges in the state. It has created a database of faculty and posted it online. College administrators have been asked to update faculty attendance on the university's website on a daily basis.
University's sources said that in the recent past, it had taken several steps to curb students' bunking of classes and encourage taking internal examinations seriously. "We had asked college heads to upload students' attendance on a daily basis and their marks in the internal exams on the university's portal so that we could monitor their progress," sources revealed that.
Anna University's vice-chancellor Prof. M Rajaram said that the university had decided to extend the rule to faculty too. "Teachers don't have a permanent identity card and a unique number with which we can identify them. Keeping this in mind, we have issued unique identity numbers to all faculty across the state so that we can prevent any kind of irregularities," he says.
The university has ordered all its affiliated colleges to update attendance of teachers, workload, classes handled, faculty development programmes that they had attended and the progress of a doctoral programme, if they were pursuing one.