Fearing extension of director’s tenure, GMCH profs write to admn

  • Tanbir Dhaliwal, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 29, 2016 14:00 IST

Fearing tenure extension of director of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Dr Atul Sachdev, six senior professors of the institute have written to medical education and research secretary Anurag Agarwal to initiate selection procedure for the next principal.

The senior professors are apprehensive that unless a procedure is not initiated, the present director could get extensions like Dr Raj Bahadur, the former director principal of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, who was given at least nine extensions.

Post of the present GMCH32 principal was filled through UPSC on deputation for three years in April 2013 and is up to April 2016. The letter written by the senior professors to home secretary reads, “Through this representation, we humbly submit that the principal’s post be advertised at the earliest so that the selection process is completed well in time, within the tenure of the present principal.”

The doctors said, “This way the new regular director will join well in time and the UT administration will not have to make temporary arrangement.”

T he UT administration invites the applications for the principal’s post and the applications received till the last dateare forwarded to the UPSC for further scrutiny and selection. The entire procedure takes around six to eight months.

“The process will give a fair chance to all senior professors to serve the institute through their administrative capabilities and a chance to get promoted to the highest administrative post of the institute,” mentions the letter.

One of the senior professors, who have written the letter, said, “We have been requesting the administration to start this procedure since long. But, they have not advertised the post yet. It seems they are doing it deliberately to give extension to the present director.”

The home secretary could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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