In a significant step, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has directed the medical colleges to install bio -metric attendance system in their campuses.
The Principal of the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC), Dr Pradip Bharati Gupta said that the MCI would install six biometric machines in the GDMC. Three machines would be placed in the academic block of the college while remaining three would be installed in the associated hospital of GDMC. He said that Dr Rangeel Singh Raina would be the nodal officer for the bio metric attendance system.
Experts opine that the step of introducing a centralized Aadhar linked bio metric attendance system would provide a deadly blow to the system of Ghost faculty prevalent in the medical education of the country and would be beneficial for the students.
This move by the apex organisation of medical education is cracking of whip against the rampant practice of ghost faculties in the medical colleges. The bio-metric machines are being installed under the Digital mission programme -II of the MCI and would be linked to a central server and the Aadhar details of all faculty members would be submitted by the colleges.
The system of Ghost faculty is beneficial proposition for both the college and the doctors as the former don’t have to appoint high paying permanent members of faculty and the later getting some monitory benefit in lieu of putting their name on the attendance register of a college.
A ghost faculty is a fictitious faculty which a college claims to be its faculty member but in actual practice such faculties exist only on paper and these ghosts make a brief appearance when there is a MCI team visiting the college.
Apart from removing Ghost faculty, the installation of these machines in the associated hospital of the medical colleges would ensure timely arrival and departure of the doctors. It is a normally observed phenomenon that the many doctors are late in arriving for their OPD and other duties due to which patients suffer.
The general secretary of the Uttarakhand Chapter of Indian Medical Association Dr D D Choudhury said “Now a person can not get enrolled in two different colleges as faculty member and the colleges would have to employ permanent faculty members as per the MCI norms.’’