It will help track staff attendance

The State government has decided to introduce biometric system in all colleges, including engineering and polytechnic, from next month to track attendance of lecturers and other staff. Already 38 polytechnics and nine engineering colleges have adopted the system, officials of the Higher Education Department said.

Installation of biometric system would enable the government to address complaints of students about lecturers failing to take classes regularly or any other lapses on part of the lecturers. There are 362 first grade government colleges in the State. Biometric system would help officials in Bangalore to monitor attendance of each one of the college staff regularly.

Minister for Higher Education R.V. Deshpande has also supported the proposal of extending the system in all government-run colleges and institutions, officials said. The EDUSAT programme was being introduced in a few polytechnic and engineering colleges and now it would be extended to all colleges by February-end. The Technical Education Department is giving special emphasis to skills development of students and special tie-ups are being worked out with corporate companies for this. Training in soft skills and other vocational skills would be extended to about two lakh students in all government colleges before the end of this academic year. Experts from private companies would be involved in providing training in soft skills, the officials said.

The automobile major, Toyota, has clinched a tie-up with Mechanical Department of CPC Government Polytechnic, Mysore, they said.