R. Ravikanth Reddy

OU introduces full-proof system of monitoring students' attendance

  • Students to sign against their names in all periods in computer printed sheet
  • Plans to post the attendance sheets on web

    HYDERABAD: Bunking classes or attendance by proxy in the classroom will be a thing of the past in the Osmania University College of Arts & Social Sciences with the administration introducing a fool-proof method to keep track of the attendance of every student.

    A new system introduced from this year ensures that every student signs against his or her name in all the periods in a computer printed sheet. The signed sheets are sent to the Principal and at the end of the day.

    He will have a record of how many students attended the classes and how many lecturers have taken their lectures. "Its a fool-proof and effective way of monitoring students," says Principal P.L. Vishweshwer Rao, the man behind the idea.

    Students cannot claim discrimination by the faculty, which is the normal practice, while collecting attendance record for examination sake since the records are also being computerised. "I am planning to post the attendance record on the web also," Prof. Rao, who took over as the principal recently, said. Despite murmurs in some quarters, he says the scheme has the support of the entire faculty.

    Since attendance has always been a sensitive issue, Prof. Rao wrote an open letter to the students stating that their presence in the classroom challenges and inspires teachers. "It is your right to see that classes are held regularly and you benefit from it," the letter adds. Keeping the rural background of majority of the students, the principal is emphasising on improving communication skills. And as a part of it, students will now have to attend training sessions aimed at improving communication skills from 2.15 p.m. to 4 p.m. every day where experts from different fields will interact with the students. The focus will be on language proficiency, body language, self-esteem, public speaking, stage fear along with formal and informal communication . The programme that includes imparting basic computer skills is free of cost.