Doctors of several departments at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) have alleged the institute of advertising the recruitment of vacant posts on ‘pick and choose’ basis, even though many sanctioned posts are lying vacant.
There are about 554 sanctioned faculty posts at the PGI, of which only 303 are filled.
The the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research had issued an advertisement for the recruitment of total 111 faculty posts in various departments on April 23. Of these, 15 vacancies were of professors, 93 of assistant professors, and three of assistant professors (non-medical).
One of the faculty members, who wished not to be named, said, “In its advertisement for the faculty recruitment on April 23, no lateral entry posts of associate professors and additional professors were advertised. Also, among all the vacant posts (around 251), only ‘select’ posts have been advertised.”
He asked, “On one hand, the administration is crying over the increasing patient rush, and the demand of surgeries, while one the other hand, the vacant posts of senior medical professionals are not being filled, and doctors’ recruitments are being withheld.”
The sanctioned posts of psychiatry professor, pulmonary medicine and anaesthesia among others have also been withheld in the advertisement.
“These posts are lying vacant for over three years now. In many cases, the department heads are writing to the administration to advertise all their sanctioned posts, but it seems to be governed by the ‘select people’, and no one seems to be caring about the patient load, or manpower crisis in managing patients,” he said.
In the neurosurgery department, two posts — professor (1) and additional professor (1) — are lying vacant for long now. In the last month’s advertisement, the post of a professor was advertised but not that of additional professor.
The department is overburdened with a lot of patient load. About 20 major surgeries are performed at the department every day; the number of surgeries has shot up from 2,200 in 2012 to 3,500 in 2015 — one neurosurgeon performs nearly 200 surgeries per year.
“Why to leave a post of additional professor vacant when we are already suffering from excessive patient load. One additional doctor can ease the load to some extent,” asked a neurosurgeon, seeking anonymity.
Moreover, the professor’s post at the neurosurgery department that was under the unreserved category has been shifted to Other Backward Class (OBC) without citing any reason. The same post was unreserved in the previous the advertisement.
When asked, Manju Wadwalkar, PGI public relation officer, said, “I do not have any details about this.”