Give us your religion, caste, Aadhaar: HRD to all college teachers

Teachers who are yet to furnish personal details have another month to comply. Moves are also afoot to create a similar students’ database next year.

Written by Jay Mazoomdaar | New Delhi | Updated: April 27, 2017 8:26 pm
aadhaar, HRD aadhaar, aadhaar card, religion card, prakash javadekar, HRD ministry, fake teachers, detect fake teachers, indian express news, india news, education Acknowledging that religion and caste identities of individuals will not help check duplication, Subrahmanyam said “those parameters were already part of the survey” process.

To set up a national teachers’ portal and detect “fake teachers” in the country, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has, over the last four months, profiled at least 60 per cent of more than 15 lakh university and college teachers, complete with individual details such as religion, caste, Aadhaar and phone numbers.

Teachers who are yet to furnish personal details have another month to comply. Moves are also afoot to create a similar students’ database next year.

R Subrahmanyan, Additional Secretary, HRD Ministry, told The Indian Express: “We believe there are a lot of ghost lecturers. These are teachers who show up in multiple institutes, the ones not run by the government. Individual details such as Aadhaar numbers will help us identify such duplication.”

Acknowledging that religion and caste identities of individuals will not help check duplication, Subrahmanyam said “those parameters were already part of the survey” process.

“Getting all the details directly from individuals will now reduce the workload of institutes that prepared the abstract for the Ministry in the past. It will also reduce mistakes,” he said.

Since 2010-11, the government has been conducting the annual All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE). But this is the first time that individual profiles of the teaching staff has been sought. Until last year, every institute provided generic data on their teaching staff with numerical break-ups under the heads of designation, selection mode, gender, category (general/SC/ST/OBC), religion (Muslim/other minority) and disability.

For AISHE 2016-2017, in addition to the existing data collection format (DCF), a new Teacher Information Format (TIF) has been introduced “to collect data on teachers profile to create ‘Gurujan’ — a teachers’ portal (gurujan.gov.in).”

Asked if the University Grants Commission (UGC) was instrumental in introducing the TIF in AISHE this year, Professor Ved Prakash, whose term as the Commission chairman ended earlier this month, said: “The HRD Ministry conducts the survey and analyses the data. The UGC only helps by asking the institutes to provide data. You have to talk to the Ministry about the survey formats.”

On the question of privacy being compromised, Subrahmanyan said: “Initially, we may not make gurujan.gov.in open to public. We will not make any personal information public. The data will be absolutely safe with the National Informatics Centre (NIC). But I don’t think putting someone’s Aadhaar number in public is a problem as long as the information linked to the number remains protected.”

Many in the teaching community, however, remain unconvinced. “Whether they want to make it public or not, creating a database identifying individuals on the basis of religion and caste is a reckless idea, particularly in the prevailing atmosphere. Data is always vulnerable to selective leakage,” said a Chandigarh-based lecturer who is yet to furnish personal details in TIF.

“This is not only about privacy. Who stands to benefit from the big data? Will our Aadhaar numbers be made available so that economic profiling helps foreign interests keen to set up campuses here hire efficiently? Will we profile students next to target high-income parents who can afford education loans necessary for private institutes,” asked a Delhi-based lecturer who was unsure if he could hold out any further against “persistent TIF reminders”.

Subrahmanyan, in fact, confirmed that the government wanted to create a students’ portal in line with Gurujan next year.

“Once the teacher-specific data from the AISHE website is shifted to the Gurujan portal, we plan to make a similar student portal, may be next year, so that all three can be used together seamlessly. We are still considering all the possibilities,” he said.

Sources said the HRD Ministry took stock of the survey’s progress with state-level coordinators on Tuesday and decided to extend the April 13 deadline by “a month or so” to maximise coverage.

In June 2015, the government amended the University Grants Commission (Returns of Information by Universities) Rules, 2004, by introducing a penalty — reduction of annual grant by up to 25 per cent and other punitive action as the UGC or the Centre may deem fit — for failure to provide information on AISHE or for “any other purpose” as directed by the UGC.

“Many institutes do not receive any funds from the UGC. Anyway, we are thinking of incentivising rather than penalising to ensure compliance. For example, our ranking framework will be based on AISHE from next year,” Subrahmanyan said.

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    Vinod
    Apr 29, 2017 at 6:12 pm
    Profiling of teachers on the basis of caste and religion defies one's logic for the simple reason that a teacher in a college or university is selected not on the basis os religion but on the basis of qualification and experience in academics. When it comes to caste it has a bearing at the time of selection and appointment since there is the system of reservation in employment. A more professional and perhaps less biased profiling method would have been to collate data on the basis of qualification and availability of teaching talents for various areas of academics. As a nation it is high time tahtbwe go beyond this obsession with religion, let the temples f learning be spared from this fanaticism that we witness today.
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      Vishnu Bhat
      Apr 28, 2017 at 6:39 pm
      why does the HRD want to know caste, religion? Are we paving the way to becoming a fundamentalist nation?
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        Srinivas
        Apr 28, 2017 at 12:35 am
        Are we still a democracy? Why castes of the teachers?
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          Mahender Goriganti
          Apr 27, 2017 at 11:09 pm
          No ordinary honest person need to worry about privacy; make it compulsory for acclivities from licenses to banks voter cards credit cards hotel bookings as it will targets only terrorists, illegals, anti nationals and criminals.
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            Dennis
            Apr 29, 2017 at 7:09 am
            Why does an American citizen (who has given up Indian citizenship to become an American) interfere in Indian matters?. We dont talk about what's best for America out here...
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            Mahender Goriganti
            Apr 27, 2017 at 11:07 pm
            Make UID compulsory for all licenses, permits, social benefits, credit cards, banks taxes, hotel booking to identify and trace terrorists quickly. No honest person need to worry about prophecy of provacy only criminals and terrorists & illegals in the country need to.
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              Dennis
              Apr 29, 2017 at 7:10 am
              All please note that this guy is an American citizen commenting on Indian issues
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              BCMC
              Apr 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm
              sab toh de kucha hoon aur kya chahiye
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                pradeep
                Apr 27, 2017 at 9:47 pm
                Indians will have ear tags on one ear aadhar and on another pan.nose tag will come soon after.learnef pm will soon announce at 8am or pm
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                  Sundar
                  Apr 27, 2017 at 7:50 pm
                  This data in the hands of a communal, bigoted government - isn't that itself a sufficient argument against Aadhar
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                    Citizen
                    Apr 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm
                    Collect experience and qualifications and a rating by students not this garbage. Remove Caste/religious columns on all applications On the other hand collect financial info and number of children attending colleges/schools etc to give any subsidy from tax payers money and limit it two kids norm.This is nothing but dividing the society which harmful to the future gen. Jaihind
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                      Kaushik
                      Apr 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm
                      Why govt. wants to know religion of each individual teacher? This is a dangerous exercise.
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                        Soni
                        Apr 29, 2017 at 7:52 am
                        Its not govt, the international community of west wants to count the number of islams,muslims .. all over the world .. we r just ing tools for them
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                        nataj
                        Apr 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm
                        if this the game underway by chaddis majority will either join naxals or become naxals and everybody will have arms and three percent chaddis will have to run US/israeil for security - dont forget this is highest po tion country on earth with 25 percent sc/st 25 percent muslims 10 percent other minorities equal 60 percent if come on roads - chaddis will have to beg for life
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                          Murthy
                          Apr 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm
                          Thousands of state schools in India have 'fake teachers' who have been drawing ries without actually doing any work. This exercise is necessary to stop it. As for the need for information on caste, special allowances and privileges are on offer for SC / ST / BC teachers. So, we do not want those teachers who are not of these castes getting such privileges through false papers. Aadhar will help to stop those as well. Why is our Media against these measures??
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                            laxman
                            Apr 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm
                            this is nothing but ghettoisation of hitlar camps - but then sanghi bRAWmins should not forget that hitler lost miserably
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                              Abdul
                              Apr 27, 2017 at 11:41 am
                              Polished way of making India a police state like s. RSS already has all these data collected through their shakhas all over India. Now it is official records to cute those who do not follow sanghi nationalism. Sanghi should define what is your nationalism, when the leader signed a pledge not to take part in the freedom struggle in return for his life, H.Q. was not flying Indian Flag, wearing black badge on Independence / Republic days and killing of Mahatmaji in the past and present days killing in the name of cows, dress, loudspeakers etc. India is heading the way s went and doomed. It is time these Aryans must be controlled or another Hitler like leader is not too far away.
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                                Murthy
                                Apr 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm
                                A stani cl mate of mine - in a Western country - said to me that stanis were Aryans, 'fair and tall'. But, Indians, he said, except Punjabis, are Dravidians, dark and short. I asked him, " So you believe in racism of this type? If so, you should accept that in the U.K., English people are fairer and taller than you stanis, right? They are more 'Aryan' than you then?" He stopped speaking to me thereafter.
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                                  yamu
                                  Apr 27, 2017 at 2:58 pm
                                  @Murthy: Is that why P a k i s t a n i s drove brahmin pigs out in 1946 in train loads of corpses?
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                                laxman
                                Apr 27, 2017 at 11:36 am
                                p ing of money bill was nothing but US agent jootha ley p ing of company act - paving way for westeners to take control of india and bRAWmins will have 50 percent share like they called britishers - these euracian foreign DNA bRAWmins should be driven out of country once and for all
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                                  Mo
                                  Apr 27, 2017 at 11:35 am
                                  another Joke!
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                                    ASHOK
                                    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:19 am
                                    Profiling of person based on caste and religion reminds of s
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                                      shoaib
                                      Apr 27, 2017 at 11:15 am
                                      Thankfully in India we can still donate blood to needy irrespective of caste and religion.
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                                        Murthy
                                        Apr 27, 2017 at 12:59 pm
                                        Only for "special privileges" promised before elections, you need to show your caste and religion... example in states like Telengana
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                                        Prof Vijayan
                                        Apr 27, 2017 at 11:01 am
                                        Any government can ask for certain details for effecting better governance, fighting corruption, unearthing black money, tracing terrorist and unlawful activities and so on. Can you object to Income Tax department asking you to declare your income from various sources? No. Governments have to function in an orderly manner to sa uard the interests of the entire po tion. Don't be too much concerned about collection of data by a democratically elected government. Cooperate with the government as a responsible citizen with good civic sense. You won't lose anything if you live following rules. Of course those engaged in unlawful activities will have to worry. But that should not be our concern...
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                                          sahebrao
                                          Apr 27, 2017 at 10:41 am
                                          It seems more malafied than the reformative
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                                            Viyan
                                            Apr 27, 2017 at 8:41 am
                                            Subrahmanyan ji, did we ever try to ask oursleves why SSN-application in US does not ask for the caste or religion? We are very good at mimicking west in igning unified number to people (and even to cows), but should we also not also find its pitfalls? Unless you (like most of your party leaders) think that cow is the most pressing issue in this country, I am sure you may have heard of iden y-thefts in US. And I am sure you may have heard more than 40-50 SSN numbers have been hacked in the country like US (which has got much better cyber security standards than us). So what is your plan for that? Certainly you and your party is good at projecting purely-corporate-focused policies (policy to promote a china funded company like paytm, policy to collect statistics for the people in education business, policy to to make people beg the banks for their own money, etc), but how long can you keep damaging this country?
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                                              Solution
                                              Apr 27, 2017 at 9:53 am
                                              Till bhakt/media successfully keep Indian mesmerized, and realized after country get affected due to hatred. People must think how a party in power can dedicate their victory to the innocent CRPF Jawan of SUKMA carnage.
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