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KGMU VICE-CHANCELLOR Prof SK Agrawal has left the matter of private practice upon ?self-restraint and conscience? of the faculty members.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 00:02 IST

KGMU VICE-CHANCELLOR Prof SK Agrawal has left the matter of private practice upon “self-restraint and conscience” of the faculty members.

At a press meet held on Saturday, Prof Agrawal said he would ensure no doctor got involved in private practice during OPD or working hours but after the duty hours, it was up to the doctors to avoid private practice outside campus.

“The KGMU Act says no doctor should do private practice while on duty and I would strictly ensure the same. But after working hours. what the doctors do is entirely their decision,” he said while making an appeal to the doctors to avoid private practice as this brings bad name to the institute.

“At a meeting, all HoDs unanimously gave consent for improving patientcare and education standards. The duties of casualty medical officers and consultants have been redefined and the meeting of the Hospital board has been called on June 15, to decide further course of action,” Prof Agrawal said. Asked about the upheaval on campus he said the HoDs would be given more powers to deal problems on campus.

Prof Agrawal is optimistic even about Dr KK Singh the faculty member of General Surgery Department, presently in jail and under suspension on charges of instigating violence on campus. Dr Singh is expected to be released soon.

He said since the varsity’s Disciplinary Committee was handed over the case of Dr Singh, the committee’s report on Dr Singh would be presented to the Executive Council (EC) for a final decision.

However, as one of the members of the disciplinary committee has resigned for health reasons, the process would take some time to start after a new member is selected.

“If the EC revokes suspension order, I would certainly persuade Dr Singh to contribute academically for the benefit of students,” he said.