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Docs take off for foreign take-home!

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 05:49 IST
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City's top medical education institutes are fast becoming 'runway' for teachers who use it for taking off to foreign land at government expense.

They use these institutes to take up highly paid jobs at pioneer national and international organisations.

This not just keeps the posts held up for years together but adds to the paucity of good teaching faculty at state owned colleges. The teachers first take sabbatical for a year or two and resign only when they get their new assignment confirmed for a long term.

The King George's Medical University recently got the resignation of Dr Ashish Mahendra (orthopaedics) in January 2007. This was after Dr SK Singh (CVTS) submitted his resignation in 2006, leaving the department with just one faculty member Prof Shekhar Tandon.

To name some other faculty members who left KGMU in the recent past are Dr R Ansari (urology), Dr VL Nag (microbiology), Anshu Srivastava (paediatrics), Dr Sudhir Kumar (psychiatry), Bharat Saluja (psychiatry), Mukul Sharma (psychiatry), Trilok Chandra (Anaesthesia).

Not just KGMU but teaching and clinical work at SGPGIMS and UP King George's University of Dental Sciences has also suffered due to sabbatical leave by faculty members.

At PGI at least 30 faculty members left the campus for other places, in recent years.

"Sabbatical leave rules were framed to let the faculty upgrade themselves to serve the institute better. But some of the faculty is in practice to utilise this facility for themselves as they look for better job opportunity instead of concentrating upon upgrading knowledge," said the vice chancellor of UPKGUDS, Prof CP Govila.

Presently KGMU has 230 faculty members, which is the minimum requirement as per the Medical Council of India norms. Fresh appointment in almost each department is required to balance the teacher-student ratio.

We can only provide the best facilities on campus and request the faculty to remain on campus but if they leave no one can actually stop them, Prof Govila said.

On the other hand private institutes give handsome salaries to faculty from the state colleges as they need faculty at the rank of professor and reader to fulfil the minimum requirement of teacher-student ratio.

As most of the private colleges have been opened recently they are yet to earn a name in the field of medical education.

Thus they lure the eminent faculty with high prices.

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