State Board of Technical Education and Training, Telangana detained 20,000 polytechnic students for attendance shortage an introduced Biometric attendance which has turned into bane for students.
The officials termed this as an “attitude” issue more than a technical problem while the college managements claimed that shortage of attendance is not entirely a student’s fault and blamed faulty devices for it.
A total of 205 students from my college, they have been attending classes regularly but they were detained for lack of attendance and all those students passed with distinction in the first year” said Bharat, principal of a private polytechnic college.
Before Biometric attendance
“There is a candidate who had met with an accident and hardly came to college and his attendance is being shown as more than 80%, whereas who are regular are falling short of attendance” he said sticking to his claim of faulty devices.
Biometric attendance system (BAS) was implemented in haste and opined that there is lack of awareness about the system among students and managements claims College managements.
P Papa Rai, principal of a polytechnic college located on the city outskirts said “After the purchase of biometric devices we had to wait for more than one -and -half month for technical support staff to come and explain the system to us. Further, I feel that there is a problem with the server”.
He added, “Most of the colleges are located about 40 km away from the city. Students have to reach early and leave late, just for the biometrics. Even though they follow the rule, they suffer die to technical issues”.
Students career is most important
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Collegiate and Technical Education Naveen Mittal said that they have decided to conduct a special exam in the first week of June to ensure that students don’t lose a year.
Mittal said “He/she us not eligible to appear for the test if a student doesn’t have minimum 65% attendance. However, as thousands of students are being detained for want of attendance, we decided to conduct special classes during summer holidays and students who attend these classes will be allowed to appear for the special test in June”.
The tests will be conducted for second -semester students of First, second and third years, he said