It is a Friday. You decide to bunk a couple of classes and head to the nearest movie hall. The next thing you know is your parents know all about your detour.
Is this your worst nightmare? If you are a student at Jamia Millia Islamia, this may soon be a reality.
In a proposal passed by the university this month, the attendance record of all the 15,000 students studying at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) will be put up on the internet and will be updated monthly.
The university has been putting up various files and records on the university intranet for some months now, under the Management Information System.
The online attendance tracking system is part of the project but it can be viewed on the college website, jmi.nic.in, as well, as students don't have access to the college's intranet facilities.
"This step will help make parents aware about the status of their wards' attendance, so that any shortfall does not come as a surprise to them. It also will help us a lot in administrative procedures, as managing the attendance of such a large number of students manually is difficult,” said S.M. Sajid, registrar, JMI.
But the move has not gone down well with students. “We are responsible adults and this system is just not required,” said Nayantara Keskar, a post-graduate student.
The minimum attendance requirement in college is 75 per cent. “I will have to explain each and every move of mine to my parents now,” said Tarun Jha, an under graduate student at JMI, whose parents live in Kanpur. said.
The online attendance updating system will also automatically generate letters to parents if a student falls short of attendance.
“Last year, my son fell short of attendance during the first year but we came to know only towards the end of the year. If this system starts functioning, we will be able to keep a check on his attendance,” said Anandita Roy, whose son is a B.Tech student at JMI.