The Department of Communication and Journalism of Gauhati University has introduced a better and more transparent attendance system through a mobile app from the 2018-19 sessions. This comes a year after the setting up of biometric machines in classrooms for online attendance in the physics department of the university.
Through this app, daily update on attendance is sent as a text message to the mobile number of each of the 37 students in one semester. The app is linked to the mobile number of the students. ‘It is better and more transparent than any other online attendance system,’ informed the HoD of communication and journalism, Ankuran Dutta. Anyone who misses a class gets a text message immediately.
Vice-chancellor Mridul Hazarika said, ‘Developing an online attendance system is a good practice. The departments will have an easy and transparent system of tracking attendance.’ Palash Das, a student of communication and journalism shared that, through the biometric system, students cannot keep own record, unlike the app.
Earlier this month, Madhya Kamrup College of lower Assam inaugurated a web-based online student-attendance management system, an initiative by the principal-in-charge Harendra Nath Talukdar. It became the first college in Assam to introduce an online system of taking students’ attendance wherein information on attendance is immediately stored in a database of the app.