Apropos the editorial article “Biometric attendance not feasible in farm varsities” in esteemed Daily Express dated January, 11 2018 seemed realistic and impressive in this digital age. Biometric attendance system is unequivocally an effective tool of the modern times for ensuring attendance in offices. The biometric system has proved very effective in corporate houses, banks and all offices which must stick to the office timings for effective delivery of the massive public dealing and the schools and colleges observing strict office timing with a view to taking the class without neglect. Universities are higher temples of learning where students as well as professors are vehemently devoted to teaching, unarguably imperative precursor to eventual research without fallout. Most researches that have changed the lifestyle of a common man of the day have come from universities and institutes of higher learning. Consequently students and professors/scientists have to devote time to various research projects underway beyond official time-schedule. Research is not slave nor can it be bound to a particular timeframe for providing a stress-free and equitable work environment. Many researchers and professors in the universities usually stay in the department up to late hours as swayed by their research endeavours.
The situation is more demanding in agricultural universities wherein scientists and other researchers cannot restrict to the scheduled office timings dealing with seasonal crops and have to work from sunrise to late in the evening for achieving significant and meaningful research findings. The author, Dr. Vikas Sharma has rightly pointed out the researchers and extension workers have to work in the field even beyond office timings. Even research work in the laboratories cannot be left halfway with the closing of the office on the scheduled time since that particular work cannot wait for the next working day. As such, professors have to wait for extra time for the precision of the research findings. If strict adherence to biometric attendance is imposed in such system as slavery to red-tapism at the cost of meaningful devotion to the research findings and extension field work, it will be contradictory to various stress management strategies being advocated by various agencies for un-traumatic human resource management and for extracting consequentially useful results. Scientist should not be bridled to tread a specified road. Rather, they have to make new roads to pave way for others to lead a comfortable and prosperous life. I hope the authorities at the helm of affair would take cognizance of the matter and should free the scientific community from the clock-rope demonstrating a firm belief in their working for the humanity without pitching for their serenity and tranquility.
Prof. V. S. Verma