Dehradun: The Medical Council of India in its endeavour to control ghost faculty appointments in government and private medical colleges has now decided to link Aadhaar Numbers of the faculties to their biometric details.
A state based IT company Bodhtree Consulting Limited and Technological Solutions has also been employed to implement the plan across states. The project will cost the state Rs.40 crores. Besides this the MCI has decided to issue Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to both staff and students of medical colleges.
The Medical Council of India officials called a meeting of the state medical councils on August 19 and discussed the entire plan in detail. The agenda of the meeting was ‘implementation of the e-governance project’. Dr. D.D. Choudhary, Deputy Registrar, Uttarakhand Medical Council who was present for the meeting told the press that issues like maintaining online records of human resource details of the medical colleges, granting of unique identification cards to the faculty members and students were discussed in the meeting.
According to Dr. Chaudhary, the decision to link adhaar numbers and issuance of RIFD cards to faculty members was being done with the aim of erasing the menace of Ghost faculty.
“This decision would have deep impact on the functioning of medical education system and I make a prophesy that many private medical colleges of the country would get closed. Now a person can not get enrolled in two different colleges and the colleges would have to employ permanent faculty members as per the MCI norms,’’ he said.
Principal, Government Doon Medical College (GDMC), Dr Pradip Bharati Gupta, confirmed this development by affirming that his college had received a letter in this regard. Mr. Gupta said that his college and hospital would be installing a bio metric attendance system by December.
Ghost faculties have been in existence till now, as they stand to benefit both medical college managements and doctors; managements go by with cheaper propositions of paying the doctor faculty for the appearances made and the latter for getting a remuneration for being on the rolls of a college.