Located in rural India, the Kolhan University system will issue new RFID cards to its students, with the change officially beginning with the start of the coming academic term.
According to local news outlet Avenue Mail, all new incoming students to the university’s system of campuses will be issued the multi-purpose cards. The credentials are designed for use as the student’s ID, library card and fee card, and the initiative is part of the college’s new management information system.
Kolhan’s affiliated college in the nearby city of Sakchi has already begun the first phase of issuance this month with an admission process and orientation. The college also has ambitions to make its campus completely cashless within the coming few years. Beginning next month, new students will also be able to check out materials from the library using the RFID cards.
According to university officials, about 1,600 new students will receive the credentials. The cards will also serve an attendance utility on campus, with every use of the cards providing an alert to both the college and parents as to the student’s punctuality. University officials believe the attendance functionality will help to diminish class tardiness.
Students starting courses from the start of the 2016 academic year will also be given a unique enrollment number to aid in record keeping and administrative work. Several area colleges are said to also be mulling the introduction of RIFD credentials.