CAT with a fingerprint scanner to catch cheaters (In CUSAT CAT)

In a initiative targetting impersonation and cheating, the CUSAT university has invited bids from companies to implement the biometric student identification for CAT for this institute. The move comes in the wake of increasing number of imposters appearing for CAT in its previous editions.

A device with a fingerprint scanner, camera and barcode reader will check malpractice and proxy attendance for the first time in the nation-wide Common Admission Test (CAT) to be conducted by the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) on May 5 and 6.

In this way if any other person comes to give exam of some one else.He will be caught immidiately.It will surely trouble the appearents who have been plannning to spend their money to spend someone else to face the exam.

Officials involved in the process told The Hindu that biometric student identification is expected to curb impersonations in nearly 85 centres in the State and outside this time.

Fingerprint data will be collected from all the candidates appearing for CAT. The university had earlier considered a proposal to limit the verification process to candidates writing the exam in centres outside the State, but later dropped it fearing that it would invite criticism from various quarters.

Volunteers will take the small device to each candidate half-an-hour before the commencement of the examination at a centre. They will capture the left and right ring finger prints as well as take a photograph of each candidate. There will be one machine each for 40 students in a classroom.

The device will have time stamps for every authentication action and the data will be stored in a high-security data centre. The expected cost per candidate for the biometric identification process is about Rs.60, sources said.

The captured data will be stored for verification and authentication of candidates at subsequent stages of the admission process. Officials pointed out that the data would be re-checked only after the completion of the seat allotment process, as the chances of the impersonator himself appearing for the counselling were high.

About 33,000 students had appeared for CAT last year. In 2010, the number was 30,000. Cusat has a high number of students from outside the State for their B.Tech courses.


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