Renowned surgeon Dr Raj Bahadur, who is currently working as professor and head of the orthopaedics department at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, is set to be appointed vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot.
Punjab governor Shivraj Patil on Thursday gave consent to the state government’s recommendation to appoint Dr Bahadur as V-C, succeeding Dr SS Gill, whose term ended last month, well-placed government sources said.
Recently, the screening committee set up by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had prepared a panel of three doctors, with Dr Bahadur’s name on top of the list.
Before being elevated as V-C of Baba Farid university, Dr Gill had also served as head of the orthopaedics department of PGIMER. Dr Gill was again in the race to become the V-C as the screening committee had shortlisted his name too, sources said.
Dr Bahadur, having vast administrative experience, had a long innings as director-principal of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh. After doing MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla, where he served initially, Dr Bahadur served at many other places across the country. Sources in the government said a formal letter appointing him as V-C would be issued on Friday.
Bains to get post-retirement slot
The Punjab government has decided to rehabilitate retired bureaucrat DS Bains by appointing him as chairman of the Punjab Infrastructure Regulatory Authority. Bains, a Punjab-cadre IAS officer, retired early this year from the post of principal secretary (home and justice) and had been lobbying hard for a post-retirement slot in the state government.