India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked tertiary institutions across the country to install biometric devices in classrooms and hostels to mark class attendance and to “keep an eye on on the movements and movements of a student in a safe manner”. .”
“The biometric method of tagging student attendance, both in higher education institutions and in hostels, can be an effective means of overcoming the proxy,” UGC said in its student safety guidelines. India time reports that Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) should soon install biometric devices in its campus and hostels as per UGC directive. AVN College in Vishakapatnam has also installed biometric machines to mark student attendance, as shown by this Hindu report.
The University of Himachal Pradesh also had a similar proposal for biometric machines to verify attendance. Interestingly, this proposal met with opposition from some faculty members because teachers had to adjust their class times to suit their needs and they could not be present at a set time. It is also worth noting that earlier this month, Rajasthan’s Minister of Higher Education, Kalicharan Saraf, demanded that all colleges and universities in the state be equipped with biometric systems to check absenteeism among the teaching and non-teaching staff.
UGC has also advocated an emergency notification system for students through which an emergency message can be sent via email, phone, cell phone and text messaging within minutes of an incident occurring.
Watch out, UGC also set up a ‘Online Student Grievance Redress Portal’. Students and universities and their affiliated colleges will soon have the ability to report grievances related to unfair practices, admissions and other issues to UGC and the portal is expected to facilitate this process. Perhaps the portal could also integrate student safety issues?
Other biometric attendance systems
Earlier in October 2014, Indian government’s centralized attendance monitoring website to monitor and track the work of all central government employees, presence.gov.in Was launched. Attendance is verified using a six-digit number generated from the employee’s Aadhaar number via a biometric scanner, which then uses a fingerprint scanner to confirm authentication.
The government of Haryana has a similar proposal to launch the Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system in all government offices in the state.
However, it should be noted that biometric attendance systems have been met with resistance as only 39% of staff in Delhi have registered their attendance through a biometric system, as shown in this DNA report. Another report from Zee News Items that the Ministry of Defense had the highest defect of marking their presence via the biometric system enabled by Aadhaar.