An inquiry into irregularities in appointment of faculty members in AIIMS has found the selection process to be arbitrary and recommended that steps be taken to address the current anomalies and fix strict guidelines for the future.
Between 1993 and 2003, the AIIMS did not hold its regular selections because of agitations and litigation by the faculty objecting to reservations for SC, ST and OBC candidates in faculty selections, the probe committee constituted by the Health Ministry observed.
Instead, the vacancies at entry-level Assistant Professor's post were filled through ad hoc selections and appointments. The regular selection process was resumed after almost a decade in early 2003 when a Standing Committee was set up and the positions were advertised in 2002.
"The committee observed that the ad hoc selections between 1993-2003 as well as the process of regular selections of 2003 were characterised by a series of arbitrary, in house decisions and actions that violated procedures," the report said.
"First and foremost, for almost a decade, while regular selections of 2003 were held in abeyance, 152 out of 219 entry-level institute faculty were appointed as ad hoc staff in an arbitrary manner," it said.
The report was submitted to the high-level AIIMS governing body on December 20.
"The committee did not find the pending court cases as sufficient justification for the administration not to follow any proper process for evaluating and selecting candidates, specially if faculty had to be appointed to this Apex institute in such large number," it said.