Senior residents and the faculty association have given the All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) administration and the Health Ministry three days to revert the advertisement, which announced vacancies at the institute for reserved categories only. They have threatened to go on a mass protest if the authorities fail to do so.
The advertisement issued on November 4 in national dailies invited 95 posts from SC/ST and OBC candidates, leaving out general category students.
Waiting for general category faculty openings for the last two years now, residents are an angry lot. “I have been waiting for two years. Last year, there were four general category openings in the oncology department but no interviews took place. This year they have reserved all the four seats. This is not fair,” said a senior research associate at oncology department at AIIMS.
Almost 20 resident doctors from various departments have put in their resignations since the advertisement appeared. “There will be mass exodus of doctors if the administration continues to have its way. This is indeed unfortunate,” said Kumar Harsh, president resident doctors association and senior resident.
AIIMS administration is justifying the move citing the Supreme Court order on 49.5 per cent reservation for the faculty.