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Biometric devices to be installed in Odisha govt colleges

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Bhubaneswar: To take action against errant teachers and to keep vigil on their activities, Odisha government decided to install biometric devices in the state-run colleges.

The timing of the teachers’ entrance to the college campus and their departure timing will be recorded in the biometric machines.

The Higher Education department has asked to install two biometric machines in each college allocating Rs 20 lakh in the budget.

There will be a central server for managing the devices. The Director of Higher Education will be in charge of the management and maintenance of the biometric machines.

In order to improve the teaching methodology in the government colleges, the department also decided to build at least one classroom having Information and communications technology (ICT) facility.

As per the decision, the colleges will be provided the WiFi and high speed internet facilities. The committee headed by Odisha State Higher Education Council (OSHEC) secretary will also comprise of Utkal University IT department chief and the Director of Higher Education director as the members.

The ICT classroom will be constructed by the Higher Education department at expenditure of Rs 4.20 crore to impart quality education to the students in the colleges.

The government has also decided to purchase Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) textbooks for 50 state run Plus Three colleges. 26 colleges having below 500 students will be granted Rs 3 lakh each, Rs 4 lakh will be provided to 22 colleges having the students between 500-1000 and Rs 5 lakh each will be sanctioned for two colleges with students’ strength over 1000. The committee headed by OSHEC vice chairman will take a call regarding textbook selection. The committee will also comprise of a representative from Odisha State Free University, chief of Utkal University Library and Information Science department and director of Higher Education department as other members.

The government will spend Rs 84 lakh for online digital journals for the students in the state run colleges. The director of Higher Education department has been asked to take initiative in this regard as per the UGC guidelines.

Total Rs 7 crore has been allocated for development of infrastructure in the government colleges in 2017-18 academic session to bring change in the teaching process.

With the above decisions, the students will receive quality education, said a senior official in the Higher Education department. The expenditure report of the allocation will be submitted to the government by April 30, 2018, he said.