THE LONG pending issue of inadequate teaching staff at government medical colleges in the State, including MGM Medical College here, seems to be inching towards a solution, as the Health Minister has in principle agreed to regularise all ‘on contract’ assistant professors as associate professors.
A meeting was held at Bhopal by Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi on Monday to discuss mainly budget-related issues.
The meeting was attended by Deans of all five government medical colleges, the Director (Medical Education) and the Health Commissioner.
Coming close on the heels of the Medical Council of India (MCI) team’s visit, the issue of inadequate staff too was discussed at the meeting wherein it was said that the proposal to regularise the services of those on contract sans pension had been forwarded by the DME to the GAD.
“It is a matter of time. After GAD clearance, it would be the turn of the Cabinet to approve it. We are hopeful the proposal will be cleared,” said DME and MGM Medical College Dean Dr V K Saini.
“It was basically a meeting to discuss budget issues, but we also spoke about the MCI recommendations.
The Health Minister has also approved of the increase in retirement age from 62 to 65 for the professors, including the Deans,” Dr Saini said. “However, who all would be given an extension would be a matter of discretion for the government,” he added.
Regularising the assistant professors’ post would mean that they would be assured job seniority, for some which is almost five years, though sans pension. It has also been agreed to appoint 16 resident doctors at MGM Medical College.
Shortage of staff, teaching and non-teaching, was a major issue during the recent MCI visit to the MGM Medical College, which has nearly 80 doctors on contract, falling nearly 30 per cent short of required strength.