The Punjab government has in principal raised the eligibility criteria of the D. Pharmacy (Up-vaid) from Class-X to Class-XII. It was disclosed by Medical Education and Research Minister, Chunni Lal Bhagat, after presiding over the meeting of the Medical Education & Research Department at Punjab Bhawan, here on Thursday.
Bhagat said that a delegation of government Ayurvedic & Unani Upvaid Union (Punjab) submitted the memorandum and requested to raise the eligibility criteria of the D. Pharmacy (Up-vaid) from matric to higher secondary, which has been accepted.
In the meeting, the Punjab Medical & Dental Teacher's Association presented their demands, which was patiently heard by Bhagat and assured the delegation to look into the matter.
A committee of the principals and the Medical Superintendents was also constituted. The committee would submit the report to the Director Research & Medical Education, who would further submit the recommendations to the government for its consideration.
.The major demands of the association was Time Scale promotions, Academic Allowance, Research Allowance, Academic Leave, inclusion of NPA for all intent & purposes, etc.
Bhagat has taken a serious view of private practice being done by some of the doctors, who are marring the image of the department.
The principals were instructed to convey the clear-cut message that the faculty should desist from such activities.