HYDERABAD: Osmania University will soon be tightening noose around errant students who do not attend classes regularly on the campus as well as in its affiliated private colleges.
According to vice-chancellor S.Ramachandram, biometric system of attendance will be in place in all departments of the university in a few months and it will be made mandatory in affiliated colleges later.
Ramachandram says, “Biometric attendance will be made mandatory in all affiliated colleges of Osmania University. We want to lead by example. Work is being conducted towards ensuring that biometric system is in place in all the constituent and affiliated colleges of OU, which will be completed in a couple of months. Most probably, biometric attendance will be made mandatory for affiliated colleges by this year end.”
Not just irregular students but even errant faculty members on campus will be reined in. Ramachandram says that biometric attendance system is already in place for non-teaching staff on the campus and the same will be made applicable to the teaching staff as well.
Poor attendance of students is a serious problem in many departments of OU. On working days, many classes, especially in the departments of Arts College, can be seen bereft of students. There are cases of even some of the university teachers not attending to their duties regularly.
Biometric attendance for faculty and students was mooted first by by JNTU-Hyderabad. The system has already been put in place to monitor attendance of faculty in the constituent and affiliated engineering and pharmacy colleges of JNTU-H. Faculty members who do not maintain minimum attendance are asked for explanation.
JNTU-H has decided to introduce biometric system of attendance first for PG students and then extend it to UG students. The technological university has set the deadline of August 11 for all constituent and affiliated colleges to put in place the system.