Staff Reporter

Software being installed to check manipulation, says Vice-Chancellor

BPUT seeks explanation from 33 engineering colleges for not giving emphasis to attendance

75 per cent attendance mandatory for attending semester examinations

BHUBANESWAR: Students of technical streams who are habitually bunking classes could end up getting disqualified for appearing for examinations in Orissa.

This time Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) has made it mandatory for every teacher to register attendance report in central server soon after classes are over. The attendance record with university authority is expected to prevent any attempt of manipulation at college end.

“A student must secure 75 per cent attendance for sitting in semester examinations. If any college is found to be not strictly adhering this stricture, it will face the risk of getting de-affiliated by the university,” BPUT Vice-Chancellor Omkar Nath Mohanty said here on Saturday.

Major criterion

He said colleges were told to treat the attendance scores as major eligibility criterion of a student to appear for examination from odd semesters of 2009-10.

How does the system work? All the teachers have been handed over 10-digit e-registration number.

At the end of each class, the teacher will have to enter manual attendance sheet into server by logging into the server.

According to BPUT sources, plans of academic sessions have been superimposed on routines of respective colleges.

University authorities could verify attendance report of any student by pressing a button because 70000 odd students of university had already been electronically registered.

It was unlikely that a student would go to college authorities at the end of academic session and influence them to do necessary correction in attendance sheet so that he would qualify for appearing examination, sources said.

“We will be spending around Rs. 1 crore towards installing software for each college. And we are sure that any attempt of manipulation would be detected through the system,” Mr. Mohanty said.

Meanwhile, BPUT has sought explanation from 33 engineering colleges for not giving emphasis to attendance scorecard while allowing students to appear examinations. Many students who were declared ‘Not Fit for Technical education’ had failed to secure requisite 75 per cent attendance and university sources said those students had been in the forefront of agitations.

Interestingly, result of a SMS poll conducted by BPUT students said agitation by 216 students was unjustified. As many as 8497 students had participated in the poll. Of total students a majority 8497 students said it was not justified that 90000 students would suffer due to 216 students only.

It is to be noted that 216 students had been consistently agitating demanding conduct of another examination as they could not qualify in the existing examination system. As a result, university had to temporarily postpone all examinations.