Three years after the institution of the PN Chhuttani chair after one of its founders, the administration of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on Sunday chose a scientist to head the same.
The institute instituted the Dr PN Chhuttani chair in tropical medicine and communicable diseases in April 2011 but failed to fill that chair during the last three years.
It was the first ever chair published in the history of the institute. According to sources, the PGIMER administration has already selected Dr Anand, a foreign-based expert, for the chair. The institute administration on Wednesday placed an agenda before the governing body to approve his selection for the chair.
The meeting held in Delhi was chaired by union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Dr Anand will head the chair for six months at PGIMER.
He will be provided facilities like rent-free accommodation, access to the institute’s research laboratory and other facilities at the department concerned.
The selection committee comprised of PGIMER director, vice-chancellor of Panjab University, dean of PGIMER, head of the department of internal medicine, head of the department of medical microbiology, head of the department of parasitology and a representative of the TTV Chhuttani Charitable Trust.
For institution of the chair at the PGIMER, the TTV Chhuttani Charitable Trust had given Rs 1.5 crore to the institute.
The trust is being headed by Dr IC Pathak, one of the former directors of PGIMER.
The chair was instituted with aim of appointing a distinguished medical scientist in the field of tropical medicine and communicable diseases for the chair. Dr PN Chhuttani was one of the most prominent physicians of the country and was one of the founders of PGIMER along with other prominent doctors like Dr Tulsi Das, Dr Santokh Singh Anand, and Dr BN Aikat. Dr PN Chhuttani joined PGIMER as one of its founder faculty members and rose to the post of its director. He served the institute from 1969 to 1978.