Senior faculty blasts KGMU V-C
IT WAS a verbal duel between a senior faculty member and King George?s Medical University (KGMU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Mahendra Bhandari, on the sidelines of MASCON-2006, the national conference on Minimal Access Surgery.india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 00:16 IST
IT WAS a verbal duel between a senior faculty member and King George’s Medical University (KGMU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Mahendra Bhandari, on the sidelines of MASCON-2006, the national conference on Minimal Access Surgery.
The argument began when Prof Bhandari reached the venue of the conference and a discussion on ethics in medical profession was initiated. Even as Prof Bhandari was speaking, a senior faculty member of the Department of General Surgery, interrupted and said the V-C was not the “right person to speak on this issue” as he was a “wrong person”!
Sources said the grudge was sparked by the ongoing tussle between faculty members of General Surgery and the newly-carved out Surgical Gastroenterology Department. Teachers of General Surgery Department alleged the new department had been set up at the cost of Surgery Department and was a burden on the infrastructure.
Since the formation of the new department in December, 2005, there have been several discussions on the use of wards and operating theatre. It was decided that till a separate building comes up, the Gastroenterology Department would use the infrastructure of the Surgery Department. And, the tussle began.
MASCON-2006 proved to be a platform for verbal duel. Everyone assembled in the hall could hear the fight.
Some said the incident took place because the present V-C’s term is ending on May 12. Some teachers objected but none dared to intervene. Interestingly, all this happened just a day after top bureaucrats and clinicians of the city had praised Prof Bhandari at a felicitation party given in his honour at SGPGIMS’ Centre for Biomedical Magnetic Resonance on Friday evening.