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APJ Abdul Kalam University rider to colleges to check ‘ghost teachers’

The university wants to identify “duplicate entries” and those institutes that have uploaded details of the faculty in an “unauthorised” manner

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow |
April 14, 2016 2:33:50 am
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IN A bid to weed out “ghost teachers” employed at the colleges affiliated to it, the APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University has asked the institutional bodies to upload on its web portal details of the faculty members employed with them. These would include their name, PAN and mobile numbers, and the email address.

The university, under which are affiliated about 640 colleges that employ over 35,000 teachers in various streams, has developed a software especially for this purpose as it has received complaints that colleges employ the same teachers in order to “maintain records”. (As per the norms of All India Council of Technical Education, engineering colleges are required to maintain a student-teacher ratio of 1:15 for its undergraduate courses).


In the week since the exercise has started, colleges have submitted before the university that details of teachers employed with them have already been uploaded by the institution where the faculty used to work before.

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Taking cognizance of this, APJAKTU registrar K K Chaudhary, in a strongly-worded letter to the colleges on April 12, sought names of those teachers whose details the college could not upload. In the letter, the registrar has outlined that there could only be two reasons for the failure — either the details of the faculty member is being given as a teacher as well as the principal or director of that institute; or the name of the teacher has already been uploaded by another institute.

The university wants to identify “duplicate entries” and those institutes that have uploaded details of the faculty in an “unauthorised” manner.

“The actual numbers (of ghost teachers) would come out only after records have been scrutinised,” a senior administrative officer of the university said.

While the university had earlier decided to accept Aadhaar cards, it has now instructed colleges to provide the email address along with the PAN and mobile numbers as no two teachers can have the same details.


Although the university is yet to look into the data, sources say fears are ripe that a “large number of ghost teachers” would be unearthed. Sources added that the university is also considering asking the colleges to submit a copy of the form 16 (income tax returns) to ensure that the faculty is indeed employed with the said institute.




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First published on: 14-04-2016 at 02:33:50 am
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