A proxy server is a dedicated computer or a software system running on a computer that acts as an intermediary between an endpoint device, such as a computer, and another server from which a user or client is requesting a service.
but in Pakistan there is one another meaning too. Proxy means Fake attendance in lectures in colleges and universities in Pakistan. In other words, Authority to represent someone else when he is absent in classroom when teacher call out his name. Especially at the start or at the end of lecture/class. It is done in the shape of;
- Duplicate signature.
- Fake shout of “Yes Sir!” or “Present Sir!”
Causes of Proxy (Fake attendance):
- The 75 % attendance rule in almost universities in Pakistan.
- To gain the fake marks too (usually 5 or 10 attendance based).
- To not attend the boring lectures after which knowledge and IQ remains constant.
- To make your own schedule beside the hectic one.
- Help friend to get full marks in attendance.
- Two way help & support.
- Not to deal with different varieties of teachers and especially not to listen different accents of English.
It is useful for those struggling with low attendance and those who are disinterested in attending a particular class.
Attendance has become a great tool for professors/teachers to maintain the strength of the class otherwise they will be speaking in front of the 10% of students. Hence, teachers are becoming strict during attendance and even some of them have started to take the biometric attendance i.e. through fingerprint (Rare most in universities).
I remember it was during the last semester of course in my university (Agricultural University Peshawar) and the proxy system had just started in our class. One of my friend (Farhan Bangash) was absent in class of Business Mathematics & Statistics most probably. He told someone (Abid & Irfan) to give his proxy in class. We had developed understanding by that time that if someone of us is absent then one of us would give his proxy in class. So seeing him absent there were two more people (Abid & Irfan) who decided to give his proxy. At the end of class attendance started…. Sir called “Farhan”…… There were three voices “Yes sir”. All of us started staring at each other and 3 people who gave proxy for “Farhan” were shocked. But I don’t know what happened. Sir ignored this thing and he went on. This became most memorable proxy incident in our last semester and it went viral in University.
The attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It’s difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent.
I know, some classes seem like a total waste of time, but even those courses have something important to offer (with rare exceptions). Excellent attendance combined with good college study skills and an attitude to learn will take you a long way.
My advice to all the college & University students that you should never skip a class. Make a good impression on your Professor. If you skip, you may miss a Quiz, Assignments, or Notes. You may run out of excused absences. You’re paying to be taught, not to have the right to skip class and you may miss out on meeting new people.
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