Indian pupils cheat biometric system with glue
21 April 2017 14:47 GMT

Students at a Mumbai chemical college succeeded in spoofing a fingerprint attendance device with fake fingerprints.

Around 200 students at Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) in Matunga have been caught using small layers of a widely-used resin adhesive and pressed their thumbs against them, embossing them with their fingerprints.

These films were then used by their friends to mark attendance for their absent friends.

After a notice was issued about the suspected behaviour, however, a number of students admitted to the forgery. The institute has decided to punish them by reducing their credit grades by two points.

“Even though the attendance records showed otherwise, we suspected that the students were not attending classes because they performed poorly in their exams. Then we came to know that they used polymer films to mark their attendance,” said GD Yadav, vice-chancellor, ICT.

He added that the students were forced to come clean as the lectures at ICT are video-recorded, allowing authorities to keep a track of students. Authorities and teachers noticed thedisparity between actual attendance and the biometric records owing to small size of classrooms , said a source.

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