Medical Council of India to go hi-tech to catch ghost teachers

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 24, 2015 09:11 IST

For busting ghost teachers at private medical colleges, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has come out with a hi-tech solution.

Last week, Punjab Medical Council (PMC) found more than 400 ghost teachers in four private medical colleges in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Sources in the MCI now say it is planning to implement biometric radio frequency identification system for tracking and monitoring the teachers.
A circular issued to all medical colleges says that the MCI will install radio trackers on all these campuses and upload the correct employee list after two levels of verification by a project coordinator whom the college concerned will appoint. In case fraudulent information is submitted, the college will be accountable.

The devices will be connected to the MCI through the internet, so that the monitoring happens daily. For fingerprint authentication, the teachers’ database will be Aadhaar-linked. Two years ago, Dr KK Talwar as head of the MCI board of governors, had introduced a similar system that was, later, abandoned.

Welcoming the move, PMC president Dr GS Grewal said it would “make a lot of difference”. “But the biometric data should be stored in the presence of senior functionaries of the MCI, state council, local medical university, and state’s medical education department,” he said, adding that doctors should be registered only with the medical council of the state where they worked.

How it will work

The Medical Council of India will install biometric radio trackers on campuses after preparing a correct employee list based on verification by a college-appointed coordinator. For false information, the college will be accountable. The devices will be networked online for daily monitoring. For fingerprint authentication, the teachers’ database will be Aadhaar-linked

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