Relaxation in age limit for the appointments seems to have become a culture at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science (PGIMS) here. This time the minimum age requirement for the post of senior professor in oral pathology has been relaxed by 10 years to 25 while the maximum limit has been reduced by 12 years to 50.
This move will result in several senior and deserving candidates to apply for the post.
Interestingly, following the new age conditions only two candidates can apply for the post of senior professor, out of which first candidate is claimed to be a close relative of a junior professor already working in the PGIMS.
Whereas, the second candidate, who reportedly has four years more experience than the first candidate, is from the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh.
Following the ruling, Dr Alka Dinesh Kale, 54, who has about 21 years of experience against the required 9 years, has approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, alleging that the eligibility age has been changed to accommodate favoured candidates.
However, a senior doctor of the institution, on the condition of anonymity alleged, "This is not for the first time, when the age limit has been changed this has been done for the several times, as they have different age conditions for the different posts."
"How can a 25-year-old person hold the post of senior professor, which equivalent to the head of department," he said.
It is worth mentioning here that PGIMS management wants to fill up the post before April 29, as after that another associate professor from the department Dr Anjali Narwal will also become eligible to hold this key post.
Meanwhile, PGIMS counsel told the high court that there is no illegality in the action of the university and provisionally all persons who are otherwise qualified for the post will be considered notwithstanding the fact that they are above 50 years of age.