Without having any member of Parliament as a member of the governing body, the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) administration tried to conduct a meeting of its top body but got a blank from the health ministry.
The meeting of the PGIMER governing body was scheduled for Monday and was to take place after around one-and-a-half years. The director, the deputy director and other members of the governing had already reached Delhi to attend the meeting. However, they were conveyed in Delhi that the meeting has been cancelled.
According to sources in the PGIMER administration, the meeting was cancelled on the intervention of officials of the health ministry.
Union health minister Dr Harsh Wardhan is the president of the governing body of the institute.
As per the PGIMER Act, three members of Parliament (MP) from the region should be members of the governing body. So far, none of the new elected MPs have been made members of the body. Earlier, MP from Himachal Pradesh Anurag Thakur and former MP from Sangrur Vijayinder Singla served as the members of the governing body of the institute.
Earlier, a case of 17 faculty members of the institute who were not given promotion to their next level in 2011 under assessment promotion scheme were also making representations against the meeting.
However, when contacted official spokesperson of the PGIMER Manju Wadwalkar said the meeting was cancelled due to some unscheduled cabinet meeting of the health minister.
Significantly, with the cancellation of the meeting some important decisions like appointment of new dean and sub-dean will get delayed. Besides that, a large number of faculty members are waiting for their promotion under the assessment promotion scheme. It is the governing body of the PGIMER which is the competent authority to take any decision regarding the faculty of the institute.