Hyderabad: For the first time, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, (JNTUH) is introducing the biometric attendance system for under-graduate engineering students in a bid to deter them from bunking lectures.
Students of nearly 250 colleges affiliated to JNTUH will have to register their attendance on the biometric system from this academic year. The colleges will put in place the necessary infrastructure within two weeks.
Prof. A. Govardhan, Rector and Registrar, JNTUH said the process of setting up biometric attendance system has been completed.
So far the biometric attendance was mandatory only for faculty and students of postgraduate engineering courses in the JNTUH affiliated colleges.
This move is expected to deter students from bunking classes that often results in indiscipline and affects academic activities.
The decision to introduce biometric attendance system was taken in a high-level meeting of JNTUH on Tuesday. Representatives from 250 colleges also attended the meeting.
Besides biometrics, the officials held threadbare discussions on improving the education system.
Officials emphasized that the faculty should upgrade their skills in accordance with the emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Data Science and Analytics, Machine Learning, etc.
Officials said there is a need to inculcate entrepreneurship culture among the student community. The Vice-Chancellor also stressed on the need for extending the placement support to all the affiliated Colleges.