MCI announces system to track faculty attendance in colleges

Under the Digital Mission Mode Project, the Medical Council of India will be able to monitor attendance of faculty members in about 439 medical colleges through biometric system.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 19, 2016 7:58 pm

India’s medical education regulator today announced a digitisation initiative for tracking in real time daily attendance of faculty in medical colleges across the country, in a move aimed at exposing ghost faculties in institutions and making the process transparent.

Under the Digital Mission Mode Project (DMMP), the Medical Council of India (MCI) will be able to monitor attendance of faculty members in about 439 medical colleges through biometric system.

The new system also envisages ‘One Country One Registration’ under which doctors will be issued electronic Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) registration card for their documentation which will enable them to practice across the country by registering with the MCI one time.

“The most remarkable thing of this project is monitoring of attendance of faculty through a biometric system and a unique identification for each and every medical practitioner across the country. There have been issues of fake and ghost faculty in many medical colleges.

“With this system, everything will now be online. There will be a server in that particular college as well. Sitting here (Delhi), we can monitor everything, the faculty’s presence in college, how long they have taken a lecture and other such things,” MCI president Jayshree Mehta said.

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She said the DMMP project is a step towards achieving the Digital India project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and this project will further enhance “transparency and efficiency” of MCI’s functioning.

The digitisation project, apart from enabling online submission of applications for opening of new medical colleges or seat enhancement, will create a national database of faculty in medical colleges which will be linked with their Aadhar Card and have biometric verification.

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“Every faculty will be issued a RFID-enabled identity card and the attendance, salary and work status of the faculty shall be submitted to the MCI on a real time basis, besides other information required for regulatory compliance,” the medical education regulator said. Mehta noted that the task of having a real time medical register, issuing of IDs and other tasks under this project, which has a budgetary allocation of Rs 45 crore, will be completed in the next six months.

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  1. Dr.T.V.Rao MD
    Oct 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    Many young Doctors are watching whether it will be manited by many private Medical colleges, First the Medical Council of India start putting the fines if the details are not furnished and within year if the Ghost teachers are not eliminated, and vacancies are not filled the MCI should stop recognising the degrees awarded from these colleges with irregular and irresponsible teachers Many seniors and Retired teachers very fat ries and cheat the managements and student,
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      Dr Kishan
      Aug 20, 2016 at 12:51 pm
      What is your opinion?lt;br/gt;good initiative . congratulations for this move . My advice is there should be UGC scales for faculty. .
      1. Krishn Rrahejaa
        Oct 24, 2016 at 5:14 am
        This is quite an innovative step taken by MCI, in a very long time. In fact, it is very bold step. With their back to the wall, MCI is acting like a real regulator. Kudos for such thinking.
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          Aug 19, 2016 at 3:40 pm
          It is a great idea it is going to fix crooked fellows as teachers