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Gujarat Grant-in-Aid Colleges to Receive Smartphone-Based Attendance System

Published: | July 18, 2019
Gujarat Grant-in-Aid Colleges to Receive Smartphone-Based Attendance System

The Grant-in-aid colleges of Gujarat will now be marking the attendance of the teachers as well as the students via a mobile-based attendance system, which will work in online mode. The decision was taken after its success in the Gujarat Government Technical and Non-Technical Colleges.

The Government-run colleges, i.e. both technical as well non-technical colleges had implemented an online attendance marking system that had been used by Staff, Teachers as well as the students alike in those colleges. The Online attendance system could be run via smartphones. Since the entire system was a success in the Gujrata Government-run colleges, the system will now also be implemented in the Grant-in-aid colleges of Gujarat.

Sources state the online-based attendance system will begin, effectively from 1st August 2019 in the Grant-in-aid colleges of Gujarat. The education department of the state had released a circular which was circulated between all the college principals on 16th July 2019. The Principals of these colleges were directed to take part in the Digital India movement and stated that it is critical for the teachers and the students to use the technology as well. Sources state that the different college authorities have been asked to download the mobile-based attendance system along with activating the system. They have also been instructed to inform The Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat of any issues that have faced while activating or running the system.

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As per the statements made by the Higher Education Principal Secretary, Anju Sharma, she stated that the decision to implement the system had been taken after the system had started functioning smoothly. She added that the colleges have been asked to provide them with the details of both the faculty as well as the students, along with the daily timetable that is being followed by them. She stated that the colleges will need to provide them with the daily timetable or routine in a certain format, as has been mentioned by the Government. All the data will be dumped into the database of the system for the smooth functioning of the system.

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The colleges have also been given various directives, including the steps that need to be taken if and when the online attendance system fails to work due to poor Wi-Fi in the campuses of the colleges. However, the implementation of such a system has seen opposition, especially from the Gujarat State Government College Teachers Association. The members of the association state that the implementation of the acts as a question mark on the credibility of the teachers, while also, damaging their dignity.

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