Panic at Gian Sagar Medical College after head’s removal

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 11:27 IST

After the unceremonious removal of the principal and dean of Gian Sagar Medical College and several other faculty members, including heads of departments, uncertainty and panic rule the minds of 200-odd faculty at the institute at Banur near here.

The development comes following a change of guard in the management over a month back.

Principal of Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Dr Jasbir Kaur, and dean Dr AS Sekhon were removed a couple of weeks ago.

Since then , a number o f senior faculty members have been given sack orders or termination-of-service notices ; these include head of the radio-diagnostics department Dr Bhardwaj , head of plastic surgery department Dr GP Singh, and a senior professor in the blood bank, Dr RS Shah.

“Unceremonious exit is fine; but the management has not even paid us our dues that we are entitled to under our employment ter ms and conditions,” said Dr Bhardwaj.

A couple of days a go, the faculty members staged protest and there were murmurs of a strike after senior faculty from the departments of surgery and gynaecology were given sack orders. The orders were later withdrawn as the management got wind of the agitation plans, sources said.

The developments have come as a shocker in the medical education circles as the college is yet to come out of the beating that its reputation took following a raid by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in April 2010.

The CBI raids came following the arrest of Kamaljit Singh, chief executive officer (CEO) of the college, along with the then chief of Medical Council of India (MCI) Ketan Desai in a graft case.

Dr Barjinder Singh, an American citizen, has recently been appointed chair man of the Gian Sag ar Educational and Charitable Trust that runs the college and hospital.

When contacted, Dr Shailendra Chaudhary, CEO of the college, said, “The dean and principal left as per their own wishes.”

However, when asked about other faculty members getting sack orders, he said it was an inter nal and things changed with the change of guard in the management.

Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital started admissions in 2007 and was first granted temporary permission on July 13, 2007, for admitting 100 students in MBBS.

In 2008 and 2009, it got permission to admit two more batches of 100 students each.

Meanwhile, in a related development, Gian Sagar Dental College principal, Dr VK Kapoor, has been made chairman of the academic council of the Gian Sagar Group of Colleges.

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