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Biometric Attendance System Introduced at Government Doon Medical College

Medical Council of India (MCI) issued a circular directing the medical colleges to ensure attendance of doctors to be recorded through fingerprint biometric 

India: GDMC to introduce biometric attendance system for monitoring the attendance of doctors & staff members in its associated hospitals and medical colleges, which is expected to provide relief to the patients who wait for the doctors in associated hospitals. In addition, the biometric system would also curb and monitor the practices of ghost faculties in medical colleges. A ghost faculty is a fictitious faculty that is proclaimed to be a faculty member by the college, but in actual practise, such faculty exist only on papers and make a brief appearance whenever the MCI team visits the college.   

The Aadhar related details of all the staff members and doctors would be uploaded in a central server for creating biometric database, which will help in ensuring the timely arrival and departure of doctors and medical staff. MCI has proposed to install five biometric machines in the hospital under its Digital mission programme-II.

TechSci Research depicts that adaptation of biometric in Government Medical College to modernise attendance, will pave way for biometric market in future as it would offer accuracy to ensure timely arrival and departure of doctors, staff members etc. Also, the implementation of biometric to create a central database of all faculty and staff members will bring in more efficiency in the system resulting in gathering substantial evidence that can be provided before MCI, hence, resulting in stern action against ghost faculty. 

According to recent report published by TechSci Research, “India Biometrics Market By Type By End Use Sector, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2011-2021”, the country’s biometrics market is projected to grow at a CAGR over 31% during 2016 - 2021. In 2015, the country’s southern region held the largest share in India biometric market, owing to rising industrialization and presence of a large number of leading private sector companies in the region. Government, banking & finance, energy & power, and consumer electronics are the key end user segments where deployment of biometric systems is witnessing an increase, and this trend is expected to continue over the next five years.

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