The Osmania University has made installation of CCTV cameras and biometric attendance system compulsory in all its affiliated colleges from academic year 2018-19.
In a circular issued to principals of all affiliated colleges, the Osmania University stated that the biometric attendance system will be implemented for the faculty, staff and students of all colleges under the university.
The decision was taken in a recent meeting held between state universities vice-chancellors and Telangana Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari.
“In view of the above, all the principals/correspondents of affiliated colleges offering undergraduate and post-graduate courses under the jurisidiction of Osmania University are directed to implement the biometric attendance system for the faculty, staff and students and also to install CCTV cameras in your colleges from the academic year 2018-19,” mentioned the circular.
The university further warned that failure in adhering to the orders may affect the affiliation process. “Further, it is also informed that no affiliation shall be granted for the academic year 2018-19 without implementation of BAS and installation of CCTV cameras in your colleges,” added the circular.
The decision has not gone down well with the UG and PG colleges affiliated to OU as they argued that linking of BAS and CCTVs was ‘unfair’.
“Not all colleges managements can afford the BAS and CCTVs. Especially at a time when the Telangana government is yet to release is fee reimbursement dues for the past two academic sessions,” said an official of a degree college.