In a big blow to the selfish leaders of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Faculty Association, the institute administration has said it is committed to filling all posts under direct recruitment advertised recently. Even the post of professor that was withdrawn recently will be advertised again soon.
HT in its edition on December 8 had highlighted how two officebearers of the association — general secretary Dr Ritesh Agarwal, an additional professor in the pulmonary medicine department, and executive committee member Dr Sandeep Grover, an associate professor in the psychiatry department — are scuttling the process of recruitment of 30 professors on direct posts. Both these doctors did not have the 11-year experience, which is required for the post of professor. They had only eight years of experience.
These leaders even managed to get the PGIMER administration withdraw one post of professor in the department of pulmonary medicine, benefitting Dr Agarwal directly.
The duo was also pressing for withdrawal of posts of professor in other specialties also.
However, the PGIMER administration has made it clear that it is committed to filling each and every post advertised recently.
“There is no doubt that we need more doctors and many of them at senior level that is why posts of 30 professors were advertised,” said Chetan PS Rao, deputy director (administration), PGIMER.
He said the issue came up for discussion at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, also. “There a committee was constituted under the then union health secretary PK Pradhan, whose report stated that direct entry at senior level is need of the hour and it cannot be ignored,” said Rao.
Specifically, he said even the post of professor at pulmonary medicine department that was withdrawn due to some administrative reasons would be advertised again and a fair chance would be given to all candidates.
Rao said, “There are a number of new procedures which every hospital needs to start. It is only at the level of professors that those procedures and techniques can be started.”
After HT reported the issue, the association that was earlier giving lame excuses to stop direct entry was seen blaming colleagues for leaking confidential information and took a U-turn by saying that the recruitment should be on merit.
In October, the PGIMER administration had issued an advertisement inviting applications for recruitment of 179 faculty posts, including 30 professors. All these were fresh posts sanctioned by the health ministry to the institute some time back.
There are two systems of recruitment at the PGIMER, one is evaluating the performance of internal candidates under the Assessment Promotion Scheme and give them promotions once they get eligible. The other is called direct recruitment under which new posts are created at various levels or even external candidates are invited to apply to get selected.