“[Assam’s] education department issued a directive ordering that such biometric systems much be active by the end of the summer vacation, on August 1st.”
Authorities in Assam, India, have mandated that the state’s colleges must install biometric readers for faculty attendance tracking.
While many such devices had been installed as early as 2012, they had by and large fallen into disuse and disrepair. And now that the state’s Aadhaar biometric citizen ID program has taken hold over so much of the country—with over a billion enrolled—it’s all the more appropriate for colleges to start taking advantage of the technology.
Thus the state’s education department issued a directive ordering that such biometric systems much be active by the end of the summer vacation, on August 1st.
The use of biometric attendance tracking is becoming increasingly prominent across the country, with this new Assam directive coming quickly on the heels of a district council’s decision to implement biometric attendance tracking for high school teachers earlier this month. While there has occasionally been some friction in such measures, the spread of such systems now appears to be an irresistible trend as Aadhaar continues to expand.
Source: The Times of India
June 28, 2016 – by Alex Perala