New Delhi: An investigation by NDTV has revealed how a web of dubious ‘fixers’ and so-called placement agencies help medical colleges illegally rent ‘ghost’ faculty — private practitioners hired for two-three days — to get their license from the Medical Council of India (MCI).
Officials of some of the agencies, which claim to supply doctors of all specialties wholesale to medical colleges, even claim they can manage the MCI.
According to an official of one such company based in Madhya Pradesh, the ‘rate card’ for ghost faculty is Rs 30,000 per visit (of 2-3 days duration) for an assistant professor and Rs 4-5 lakh for an associate professor.
Bharat Mahajan, an official of a Jalandhar-based company, who claimed to provide up and coming hospitals with full faculty for inspection, said: “The file process is slow because you don’t have an expert person.” He also reportedly claimed that the MCI is still under the influence of former chief Dr Ketan Desai.
“We have experienced people with us. Even retired deputy directors of the MCI are with us… These insiders will tip off our college before the inspection. Even if the MCI is coming to your college tomorrow, come to us, we can manage,” Mahajan has been quoted by NDTV as saying.