Whether it is maintenance of attendance registers or fee collections, Smart Cards are making administration tasks easier and more organised for colleges. Smart Cards, which are similar to the plastic identity card given to students, have embedded chips that help users access any information they may require. For instance, a student can check if a library book is available or block it for use once it is returned. Marks scored in previous examinations can be checked with a swipe of the card.The software package behind the Smart Cards networks various college departments such as examination, administration, accounts, library and hostel.Idenizen, a Bangalore-based firm, has developed Smart Campus cards, which are being used in Dr. Mahalingam Engineering College, Pollachi, and MNM Jain Engineering College, Chennai. Log on to www.smartcampus.in for details.KANNAL ACHUTHAN