Uncertainty looms large over when the new director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal will take charge. The institute has been without a permanent director since May 2015.
VK Sharma, currently the head of the dermatology department at AIIMS, Delhi, is to join as the new director of the premier institution. He told HT on Wednesday that he has received the offer letter from the ministry of health and family welfare, but the correspondence mentioned no joining date. He also said he had “no clue” when he would join, adding that he will continue to work in Delhi till he gets the date of joining.
“I received the letter from the ministry just two days ago. Until I get a certain date, I will continue to work here in AIIMS, Delhi. I do not know who will enlighten me about the joining date and the releasing procedure from AIIMS, Delhi,” he said.
According to sources, Sharma was earlier asked to join as director with a joining date in March 2016, which he had turned down.
In 2009, Sharma was chosen as the national president of Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists. He is also the vice president of the International Society of Dermatology, a post he will hold till 2017.
AIIMS organises four-day fest to ‘calm students’
AIIMS, Bhopal has organised a four-day national fest starting from Wednesday. Officials say they have organised it to “calm down” students protesting the poor state of the institute.
The fest, called Retina 2016, is along the lines of Pulse, the annual fest organised by AIIMS, Delhi. This is the first time a fest is being organised in AIIMS, Bhopal on a national level. It was inaugurated by Congress leader and former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
“The 450 students studying in AIIMS are highly disappointed with no proper education, no training and lack of functional departments and faculty. They even protested when union minister JP Nadda visited the institute. Thus to calm them down, the administration has sanctioned an amount of `10 lakh to the organising committee of the fest,” an official, who did not wished to be named, said.
Apart from `10 lakh sanctioned by the institute about 30 lakh has been arranged by the students through sponsorships and entry passes.