Fake research at PGI: Faculty association seeks probe

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 27, 2014 22:11 IST

Reacting to the research fraud case, the Faculty Association of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has said that the onus for taking action in the matter rested with the PGIMER director and matter should be probed fairly.

"Irrespective of his/her status, people who are found guilty should be punished," said Dr Virendra Singh, president, Faculty Association. He also said the institute should not run on whims and fancies of one person.

"There have been instances when people have been chargesheeted for small irregularities in travel allowance bills, then why not probe such big scandals," he said. Sigificantly, in two stories on July 28 and 30, HT had highlighted that how the Drug Information Unit (DIU) at the PGIMER, which is being run by the pharmacology department received just one call in three years from 2011 to 2013.But three doctors from pharmacology department including head Dr Amitava Chakravarti published a paper research in peer reviewed journal claiming that the unit received 56 calls in one month.

The unit addresses queries of doctors related to various drugs and their adverse reactions over phone. The study was published in a peer-reviewed journal named the last year. Following HT stories the journal retracted the research paper.

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