Gujarat Plans Database of Teachers’ Fingerprints

The move is aimed at curbing the practice of one teacher offering services in multiple technical  colleges to hide staff crunches

Ahmadabad: Gujarat will soon create a database of fingerprints of all lecturers and senior professors in engineering, pharmacy, and other technical colleges in the state.

The move is planned to curb the practice of one teacher offering services in multiple colleges to hide staff crunches.

Advisor to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) M K Hada said engineering and technical colleges across India are facing severe staff shortages. There is a requirement of six lakh teachers in technical colleges, while only three-and-a-half lakh teachers are available.

“Because of this, we have routinely come across complaints that college managements make do with one teacher teaching in different colleges,” Hada said.

A staff crunch of 40 per cent plagues 550 technical colleges in the state. There have been reports of one lecturer teaching in a degree engineering college also taking classes for pharmacy and MBA courses.

“The system has to be mandatorily implemented in all technical colleges of Gujarat by 2013. It is being implemented in colleges all across India,” Hada said.

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