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Attendance recording in educational institutions is an imperative task. Most present systems provide database management but still involve laborious manual data entry procedures. The design presented in this paper offers a twofold solution to the problem. It relieves from handling paper records of attendance taken in the class by providing firsthand entry into a portable gadget built around the AVR ATmega8 microcontroller. The attendance entered is firstly stored in the microcontroller's EEPROMfrom where it is transferred to an application software residing on a computer through the serial port. This application stores the attendance data in a database and also displays requested information extracted from them.