You had the longest tenure as the director of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32). How do you look back at the past five years?
Can you imagine? When I took over as the director in 2007, private rooms in the hospital were not being used because there were less takers; the parking contractor was ready to flee as not many people were coming for treatment. Now, GMCH-32 is an overcrowded hospital. We often become a subject of comparison with PGIMER. I think that is the best compliment.
But, during your tenure, you kept on talking about starting an MRI facility and getting GMCH-32 the status of a deemed university. But that never happened. Why?
I came here with three ambitious projects in mind. First, to make GMCH-32 a deemed university; second, start an MRI facility; and third, initiate stem cell research. None could materialise due to disgruntled elements active in the institute.
Now you are leaving and none of those projects are in the picture. How do you feel?
Certainly. I feel dissatisfied. But we have a lot to boast. There are so many things. GMCH-32 now has a cancer detection van and Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences. Our orthopaedics department is one of the best in the country. Super specialties in cardiology and endocrinology were also started. Besides, 250 new nurses were recruited. I hope my successor will do what I couldn't.
What is the best thing about this college?
It is a young institute. Though just two-decade old, it figures among the top 20 medical colleges of the country. It is not bad when you have to compete with institutes like AIIMS, PGIMER and Maulana Azad Medical College. The best thing about this college is that it is well supported by the UT administration.
And the worst thing, you noticed?
A small section of the institute was always active in pulling this young institute down due to its vested interests. That section included people who were opposed to me being the head of the institute. Their opposition took form of anonymous complaints. This was disturbing and demoralising.
It is often said that you were rude to people, including your senior colleagues?
I refused to tolerate escapism from work and indiscipline. I was firm, worked with conviction and took bold decisions. If you call it rudeness, you can.
It is said that you clung on to the director's post with the help of some politicians, despite your parent institute PGIMER calling you back?
It was a matter between the UT administration and the PGIMER administration. When I was not relieved by the UT administration and it required my services, how could have I gone back to PGI.
You have been remorseful for long that you couldn't become PGI director. how do you feel now?
It was destiny. I have no regrets.
Director or not. I am primarily a doctor and that is what my identity is. All other things come later. Now, I will have more time to give to my specialty and will plan new things at PGI.