The Medical Council of India is going ahead with the installation of an Aadhaar-linked biometric attendance system to prevent fake attendance and ghost faculty in medical colleges, per the New Indian Express. It’s already mandatory for faculty to link their Aadhaar and biometric records so that the MCI can implement the Online Faculty Attendance Monitoring System (OFAMOS) under its Digital Mission Mode Project (DMMP). The central application will have connectivity with the Aadhaar platform of UIDAI for verification, per the NIE report.

An OFAMOS user manual from the MCI shows how the system is expected to work, but it’s unclear when the user manual was circulated. A live attendance dashboard shows which enrolled faculty number, how many people have punched in today, total number of devices, and so on. It also provides for a faculty transfer and joining process, and a process for faculty to take leave. The system is near completion at Kaniyakumari Medical College, while it is being implemented for all staff at Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital.

The MCI had issued notifications to all state medical councils asking doctors to submit their Aadhaar cards. Maharashtra Medical Council registers doctors in the state, and sent out this notification in December 2017. It said that linking Aadhaar helps track doctors practicing in multiple states, doctors suspended for ethical reasons, and also would help track medical faculty registered in one state, but listed as faculty with a college in another state.

Where else is biometric attendance coming?

According to news reports, Aadhaar based biometric attendance is coming to:

  • Kerala, where the state government passed an order on May 6th that all 5.6 lakh government officials of the state will need an Aadhaar number to mark their attendance and draw their salaries
  • At least 3 districts in Tamil Nadu, where implementation of Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) for all staff in government high and higher secondary schools is came into force on May 6.

Meanwhile, employees at Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs’ Memorial Civil Hospital in Amritsar, Punjab, earlier this month decided not to mark attendance on recently installed biometric machines, saying that they have to wait in queue to do so every morning and evening. Machines were also reportedly lying dysfunctional, and all the staff was using a single machine.