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Doctors to repay money if leave institute within 2 years of attending conference

Now doctors traveling abroad to attend conferences at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Engineering and Research (PGIMER's) expenses will have to pay back the entire amount in case they leaves the institute within three years of the financial assistance received.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 17, 2014 23:25 IST
Vishav Bharti

Now doctors traveling abroad to attend conferences at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Engineering and Research (PGIMER's) expenses will have to pay back the entire amount in case they leaves the institute within three years of the financial assistance received.


The decision was taken in a recent meeting of the standing academic committee of the institute.

During this meeting, the committee said that before going for any conference on the PGIMER expenses, the faculty members will have to give an undertaking that 'in case he or she leaves or resigns within three years after the sanction of grant of such financial assistance, the institute will recover the entire amount from the person concerned."

Earlier this condition was proposed only for the assistant professors but later on, the committee recommended that similar condition must be imposed upon all the faculty members going abroad to attend the conferences on the institute's expenses.

Besides this, the committee also observed that participation of doctors in the international conferences should be encouraged rather than just a routine attendance in these conferences. Now these conferences will no more remain tourism or a 'junket' on the institute's expenses as the committee has made it compulsory for doctors to submit report about seminars or conferences they will attend abroad.

Also, except the faculty, all other doctors and employees will be given travel grant only if they will submit a proof that their paper has been accepted for the conference.

The institute has also come heavily on the doctors who are near retirement. The committee has decided that no financial assistance will be offered in case official has two or less years for the retirement.

It is worth mentioning that the PGIMER had spent Rs 1.29 crore of public money on the foreign trips of the doctors in 2013. However, none of them submitted a detailed account to the institute's financial adviser or met the one-month deadline.

The Comptroller Audit General (CAG) in its last report had pointed out that 54 of the 89 faculty members who availed financial assistance for these foreign trips didn't file a report.

Shockingly, 18 of the 89 faculty members didn't even produce the mandatory documentary evidence of the acceptance of their papers for the conferences.

The PGIMER provides financial assistance to the doctors for attending international conferences - one a year for professors, one in every two years for associate and additional professors, and one in three years for assistant professors. But they have to follow certain guidelines including submitting documentary proof of acceptance of paper, submitting report on return, detailed account of the amount received from other sources, all within a month.

No tourism or junket for docs now

1. The committee also observed that participation of doctors in the international conferences should be encouraged rather than just a routine attendance
2. Except the faculty, all other doctors and employees will be given travel grant only if they submit a proof that their paper has been accepted for the conference.
3. The committee also decided not to give any financial assistance in case any official has two or less years for the retirement.
4. CAG in its last report has pointed out that 54 of the 89 faculty members who availed financial assistance for these foreign trips didn't file a report.
5. 18 of total 89 faculty members didn't even produce the mandatory documentary evidence of the acceptance of their papers