Even before the Biometric system of MCI can fetch any fruitful results the governing body of MCI have decided to install CCTV cameras in medical colleges to track and trap ghost faculty. The Medical Council of India (MCI) will begin installing CCTV cameras in classrooms, laboratories and out-patient departments (OPDs) of all medical colleges and associated hospitals by the end of this month as part of measures to weed out “ghost” and absent faculty. (Click Here)
The initiative is a part of MCI’s Digital Mission Mode Project (DMMP). All regulatory mechanisms will be online to ensure professors turn up to teach and train students. The MCI’s attempts to make biometric attendence compulsory for teaching staff in medical colleges last year had failed. “People did not regularly mark attendance and in some cases, the machines were found broken and not repaired. Installing CCTVs should help,” said Dr Reena Nayyar, secretary MCI.
The installation of cameras will be done in phases, and is expected to be completed in all 497 colleges by the year-end. The footage will be tracked real-time from a monitoring cell in Delhi. “We don’t have people for checking live footage all the time, but it can be done randomly. We will also have the footage stored in our system that can be examined whenever required later,” said Nayyar. “Defaulting colleges will not be given permission to function for that particular year…,” she said.
“One one hand MCI have problem with part time faculty and guest faculty lectures of NBE accredited institutions but they are unable to track ghost faculty of the medical colleges even after spending crores of rupees. This is nothing but selective discrimination towards DNBs” Said one of the office bearer of the Association of DNB Doctors
Teaching is teaching in any form. Western world have moved on to webinars and web based CMEs and our MCI’s is having a medieval thought process. Medical education in India have seen a Nadir in the era of MCI and they need to be replaced by an new Statutory body as soon as possible.