Chandigarh: PGI walk-in interviews raise questions
The recent advertisement offering walk-in interviews for various faculty posts at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has raised many eyebrows at the institute as the move has come at a time when the process to recruit doctors on regular basis is about to start.chandigarh Updated: Jun 08, 2015 09:10 IST
The recent advertisement offering walk-in interviews for various faculty posts at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has raised many eyebrows at the institute as the move has come at a time when the process to recruit doctors on regular basis is about to start.
The walk-in interviews are being conducted for various posts on contract basis at the level of assistant professor in different departments. The interviews will start from June 11.
These posts have been advertised for orthopaedics, general surgery and gynaecology and obstetrics departments.
As per the terms and conditions issued by the recruitment cell of the PGIMER, the appointments will be "purely on contract basis for a period of one year or till such time the regular appointment against these vacant posts is made, whichever is earlier, with effect from the date of joining".
However, the applications for the walk-in interviews have been invited at a time when Standing Selection Committee of the institute has already been constituted under the chairmanship of former director, Dr BK Sharma. The committee has also conveyed that it will start the faculty selection/promotion process from next month.
The timing of the walk-in interviews has already become a talking point in the institute. A senior faculty member, who also heads a non-clinical department, wishing not to be named, said that the timing of the walk-in interviews raises suspicion.
"When you are already about to initiate the process of regular selection of the faculty, what is the need to select faculty on contract basis? Is the move not intended to facilitate backdoor entry to favourite resident doctors?" he asked.
Though terms and conditions issued by the recruitment cell of the PGIMER states that "the appointee shall not be granted any claim or right for regular appointment to any post of the institute, the doctors who have served on contract or ad-hoc basis at PGIMER have an edge over the candidates appearing from outside in the interviews for regular posts. Candidates from outside PGIMER often complain that the institute selects its own students for faculty posts.
Hiring doctors on ad-hoc or contract basis is seen as a way to facilitate them in their selection against regular posts later.
When contacted, spokesperson of the institute Manju Wadwalkar said the institute was facing faculty crunch and that was why they were hiring the doctors on contract basis. "The process of Standing Selection Committee takes several weeks to complete, so we have decided to hire faculty on contract till the committee completes its selection process," she said.