This year will bring some difficult times for the premier medical institute Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, as the six senior professors, including five head of the departments (HoDs), will say good bye to the institute.
On April 30, three HoDs - Dr Jyotsna Wig, sub-dean and HoD of anaesthesia; Dr Sudesh Prabhakar, HoD of neurology; and Dr SK Jindal, HoD of pulmonary medicine - will superannuate.
Dr Wig will say good bye to institute after serving for 36 years. She joined the institute as a lecturer in 1978. Prominent neurologist Dr Prabhakar joined the institute as lecturer in 1979. He served as HoD for around two decades.
Following that, Dr Ashok Kumar Utreja, head, oral health sciences centre will superannuate in July. Dr Utreja have the longest tenure at the institute among all faculty members, he joined the institute as lecturer in 1976 and will superannuate after serving for 38 years.
In August, two professors from the department of radiotherapy - HoD Dr Suresh Chander Sharma and Dr Firoza Patel - will superannuate.
All these doctors who will superannuate this year came to the PGIMER as students in early 1970s and rose to the post of head. They also had the longest tenure of service at the institute as they were benefited from superannuation age going to 65 from 60 in last one decade.
Earlier in 2013, six eminent doctors, including HoDs, superannuated. Those who superannuated in 2013 were Dr Vinay Sakhuja, HoD of nephrology, who has served as officiating director as well as dean of the institute; Dr Kusum Joshi, HoD histopathology and sub-dean; Dr Kartar Singh, HoD gastroenterology; Dr AJ Kanwar, HoD dermatology; Dr CM Pathak, head, department of biophysics; and Dr ML Dubey, head department of parasitology.
The doctors who would take over as HoDs of these departments are:
Dr YK Batra, HoD of anaesthesia; Dr Vivek Lal, HoD of neurology; Dr D Behera, HoD of pulmonary medicine; Dr K Gauba oral health sciences centre; and Dr S Ghoshal of radiotherapy.