Delhi University has refused to share the attendance details of its administrative officials, including the Vice Chancellor, saying the information isn’t in¬†“public interest” and amounts to¬†“invasion of privacy”.
The tussle began a year ago when attendance details of the non-teaching staff of the Delhi University were sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by a person who doesn’t want to be identified.
“It appears that the information sought by the applicant is personal in nature as far as the particular official is concerned and it would cause unwarranted invasion into the privacy of an individual. It does not appear that any larger public interest would be served by disclosure of this information in the public domain,” said Delhi University’s Public Information Officer (PIO) quoting section 8(1)(j) of the(RTI) Act.
The University’s first Appellate Authority heard the case in September and concurred with the decision.
This news is likely to create a big controversy as teachers are being denied leave at Jawaharlal Nehru College by the administration for not following the rules relating to marking attendance.