The joint entrance board will record and match biometric data of examinees from next year to prevent fraud.
Biometrics is the science and technology of measuring and statistically analysing biological data.
In the case of joint entrance examinees, their left thumb impression would be recorded during the test, scheduled for April 21 next year, and while taking admission. Those who qualify in the test would be granted admission only if the two sets of data match.
The board is also considering the possibility of recording the left thumb impression of the candidates when they apply for the examination and matching all three sets of data before granting admission to those who make the cut.
“The limitation of the existing system is that an impersonator might not arouse the suspicion of an invigilator in a crowded hall where hundreds are writing the test. This prompted us to introduce the biometric system,” said Bhaskar Gupta, the chairman of the board.
Youths have been arrested in the past for writing JEE impersonating applicants.
Sources in the board said it was in talks with the National Informatics Centre (NIC), the government agency that provided technical support during this year’s online JEE counselling, for implementing the biometric check. The board would soon meet to work out the budget.
Till this year, there was provision to record the left thumb impression of a candidate using ink during submission of application and at the test centre. If an invigilator was suspicious of any candidate, he or she could ask the board to match the fingerprints collected after the exam. The board, in turn, used the services of forensic experts to do so.
Biometric data will make the process more stringent.
With the board introducing online form submission from next year, biometric data of the students might be recorded either at the bank branches where they pay the examination fee or by scanning inked thumb impressions, said a board official.
Engineering colleges in Karnataka have put biometric check in place, the official added.
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