Aadhaar helped the Human Resource Department crackdown over 80,000 ghost teachers.
The HRD ministry’s mandatory Aadhaar disclosure during the All India Survey on Higher Education 2016-17 (AISHE) report released on Friday revealed that there are over 80,000 teachers who are faculty members of three or more higher education institutions in the country.
While the current numbers only reflect 85% of the total number of teachers who have shared their Aadhaar numbers, the ministry believes that the number will increase after all teachers comply.
Speaking to the Times of India, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “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.”
He clarified that none of these teachers are from central universities. “The ghost teachers have not been identified in any central universities but in some state varsities and private ones.”
The ministry has made it mandatory for all universities to record Aadhaar numbers from all employees and students to avoid duplication. Javadekar emphasised that sharing Aadhaar number is secure and the details are well-protected.
“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,” he said.
The survey covers almost all the higher education institutions across India, and identified nodal officers from each institution are responsible for collecting and uploading the data on the AISHE portal. Apart from cracking down on bogus teachers, the survey recorded that in the last five years, the higher education student population (between the ages of 18-23) has increased by 35 lakh.
The HRD minister also launched a national teachers’ portal called ‘Gurujan’ which will act as a repository of information on teachers individually profiled in AISHE. This information will not help government map areas where there is lack of teachers, but also analyse the quality of faculty employed in colleges and universities.