Delhi University (DU) is not ready to share the attendance details of its administrative officials, including the Vice Chancellor. The varsity refused to share the details saying the information was not in 'public interest' and would amount to "invasion of privacy". This is happening at a time when Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has warned its teachers that their leave would not be approved if they do not mark their attendance.
The tussle started a year ago when a person, who declined to be identified, sought attendance details of the non-teaching staff of the Delhi University, which includes the Vice Chancellor, Pro Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar, and others under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. "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," the varsity's Public Information Officer (PIO) said quoting section 8(1)(j) of the(RTI) Act.
The university's First Appellate Authority, which heard the case in September, concurred with the decision. It said that section 8 allows the PIO to withhold information in case he or she deems it as causing "unwarranted invasion of the privacy" of the individual. The section quoted says information may be denied "which relates to personal information, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual."