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Tech tab on college teachers

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Kolhan University will soon follow in the footsteps of University of Delhi to bring its teachers under strict surveillance to ensure that they don’t shirk work.

The university will be the first in the state to introduce an online system to keep a tab on teachers in all 28 colleges. The idea is to monitor their activities so that they complete courses on time, be punctual at work and take classes regularly.

“Yes, we will be introducing a first-of-its-kind monitoring system with the help of information technology. It will help us supervise the activities of teachers at all colleges. Besides, students will benefit as they will have access to necessary information without any hassle,” said vice chancellor of Kolhan University Salil Roy.

According to plans, the university authorities were planning to install a software that will enable the teachers feed into computers lesson plans, much like chapters they intend to complete, at the beginning of every month. Once that is done, university officials can keep an eye on whether teachers are fulfilling their commitment every month by simply logging into their accounts.

For this, teachers and principals across colleges will be given an ID and password to upload the information online. Those who are not comfortable with computers will get to prepare hard copies of their lesson plans.

There are plans to give IDs and passwords to students as well so that they can check the class routine, examination schedule and results online. At present, the varsity is looking for an agency that can create a suitable software.

“Such a system exists in the colleges of Delhi, but we cannot blindly follow them because each university has its own needs and the software has to be customised accordingly. If everything goes fine, we will implement the system within a couple of months,” Roy said.

Most colleges under Kolhan University are grappling with problems like poor attendance of teachers and students alike and pending syllabi. Thus, a proper monitoring system is the need of the hour.

Students agreed.

“The idea is simply great. Many colleges here are infamous for not conducting classes. If a strict surveillance system is put in place, things are bound to change for the better,” said Arun Kumar, a final-year commerce student of ABM College, Jamshedpur.

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