Aadhaar disclosure helped MHRD identify 80,000 ‘ghost’ teachers

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Aadhaar disclosure has helped the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to identify 80,000 ‘ghost’ teachers who are faculty members of three or more higher education institutions in the country. However, none of them are from Central Universities.

Union HRD Minister revealed the above information at the release of the final All India Survey on Higher Education 2016-17 (AISHE) report.

Acording to MHRD, so far, 85% of the teachers have given their Aadhaar numbers, the number is likely to increase when all the teachers comply.

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“There are certain ‘ghost’ teachers who use proxy methods and are apparently teaching at multiple places as full-time employees. After the introduction of Aadhaar, 80,000 such teachers have been identified and action will be taken against them,” Javadekar said.

In order to prevent duplication, MHRD has asked all the universities across the country to provide Aadhaar Numbers of all their employees and students.

“Sharing Aadhaar number is like sharing your mobile number or Email ID. Sharing your mobile number doesn’t mean the person you give it to can see your text messages. Aadhaar works the same way. It is protected,” Javadekar said.

The report has highlighted a significant increase in the student population of higher education between the age of 18 and 23. From overall enrolment of 27.5 million youth in 2010-11, 35.7 million youth have taken admission to higher education institutes in 2016-17.

The report has also indicated improvement in Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in age group of 18-23, from 19.4% in 2010-11 to 25.2 in 2016-17 which is a significant achievement.

In last five years, there has also been a considerable rise in the number of universities and colleges with the state private and public universities having the biggest share. Among the colleges too, majority of them are privately owned.

Bengaluru has emerged as the major education hub with the biggest cluster of colleges (1025), followed by Jaipur and Hyderabad with 635 and 487 colleges respectively, the report stated.

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