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Click, click for college security

Photos don’t lie, students of Jamshedpur Workers’ College will soon learn that.

The constituent college of Kolhan University is all set to introduce the highly sophisticated facial identification system that will not only help keep a tab on student attendance and keep their parents posted about the same, but also stop entry of outsiders to boost campus security.

The computer-enabled technology, which will cost the institute around Rs 7 lakh, is being developed by a Bangalore-based company and will be installed on the premises in a couple of months.

“We already have a biometric attendance system for teachers and non-teaching staff in accordance with a guideline of Kolhan University. But we had been planning to implement an equally hi-tech system to monitor the attendance of students in a bid to curb absenteeism. Besides, we also wanted to check unnecessary entry of outsiders on the college campus,” said principal D.P. Shukla.

The system is more foolproof in the sense that it automatically clicks a person, verifies his or her identity from a video frame or digital image by comparing it with a facial database.

Jamshedpur Workers’ College has gone a step ahead to align the identification system with another software through which a message will be directly sent to cellphones of parents, intimating that their wards are attending classes.

“Students often bunk college and go elsewhere while their parents are under the impression that they are attending classes. The facial identification system will end the lies. Both the college authorities and the parents will have a way of knowing whether the youngsters are present in the college or not,” the principal added.

A camera, which will be installed at the college’s entrance gate, will scan the faces of the students and will send an alert message to parents. The same practice will be followed when they leave the campus. The pre-installed message will read something like this: “Kaushal Kumar registration number 112956 has entered the college campus”.

“Students will not have to stand in front of the camera. The gadget will do everything automatically,” Shukla explained.

For this, pictures of the students will have to first fed into the system. The college, which has 11,700 students on the rolls in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, already has 16 CCTV cameras at various places like corridors, library, laboratories and staff rooms.

The move will be particularly effective in curbing incidents like eve-teasing and clashes on the campus as outsiders are frequently known to enter the college.

Students greeted the new measure with mixed feelings.

“Those who come to college regularly should not worry. But those with a habit of bunking classes and lying to parents will land in trouble,” said Sujata Kashyap, a third-year arts student.


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