IN HIS last-ditch bid to remove anomalies while he is still in the saddle, King George’s Medical University vice chancellor Prof SK Agarwal has recommended non-practicing allowance (NPA) for all faculty members to curb private practice.
Prof Agarwal would be handing over charge to the new Vice-Chancellor of the KGMU Prof Hari Gautam on Monday and take over as dean of faculty and head of the Microbiology department. To stop private practice by the MU doctors, Prof Agarwal has sent a list to the State Government of the faculty members, requesting for NPA for all.
“Private practice is a major problem that damages the image of the KGMU, which is otherwise known for its expertise all over the world. If all faculty members start receiving NPA, it would be easier to nail them for running a clinic outside campus,” said Prof Agarwal .
In a short term of two months, Prof Agarwal managed to get appointment of nurses done on contract for the Trauma Centre and now ad hoc nurses would join the Gandhi Memorial and Associated Hospital too. He conducted two executive council meets and one hospital board meeting, that was pending for the last four years.
But his target was to stop private practice. At present, half the faculty is receiving NPA while the rest avoids it for the more lucrative option. Some of those who take NPA are also engaged in private practice. If faculty members at KGMU get an increased salary from August it would be reason for them to be cautious.
Prof Gautam was supposed to join on Saturday but the schedule was postponed for two days.