Ignorance of seniority while short listing the names for the post of director at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is raised by one more Member of Parliament (MP) with the Central government.
Virender Kashyap, Lok Sabha MP from Shimla, took up the issue with the Union health ministry and Prime Minister.
“I read a report in HT on the director issue and then inquired into the matter. Following this, I sent the clipping of the report to the union health minister and Prime Minister and requested them to look into the matter,” said Virender Kashyap.
“Merit and seniority both should be considered while selecting the name for the post,” he said.
ANANDPUR SAHIB MP HAD SOUGHT REVIEW OF SELECTION PROCESS
Earlier, Prem Singh Chandumajra, Lok Sabha MP from Anandpur Sahib, and a senior member of PGI institute body had also written to the Union health ministry, wherein he sought a review of the selection process.
The shortlisted candidates in the order of merit are Dr Anil Bhansali, head of endocrinology department; Dr Meenu Singh, professor, paediatrics and head, telemedicine centre and Dr Jagat Ram, head, advanced eye centre.
Dr Bhansali’s rank is in 30s and Dr Meenu Singh’s rank is in 50s, while Dr Jagat Ram’s falls in the top 10 seniority bracket. The names were approved by the PGI institute body and the file is with the appointments committee of the cabinet (ACC) for final selection.
HISTORY OF PGI DIRECTORS
PGIMER has seen 11 directors so far and it has been the tradition of the institute that the director was from the top ten senior most faculties, either dean or medical superintendent (MS).
For instance, Dr PN Chuttani, the third PGI director was the dean, Dr IC Pathak (5th director) and MS, Dr PL Wahi (6th director) were dean, Dr BNS Walia (7th director) and Dr BK Sharma (8th director) were holding charge of dean and MS, Dr SK Sharma (9th director) was MS. Twice senior faculty from AIIMS, New Delhi took charge as director, PGI. They were Dr JS Negi (4th director) and Dr KK Talwar (10th director)
The tradition of “choosing one of the senior most faculties” was broken in 2011 when Dr YK Chawla got selected. Interviews for PGI director were also introduced in 2011 only.
“Suitability and merit were considered and not seniority while selecting PGI director,” said officials from union health ministry in their reply to the commission.
“No interviews have been held till date for the selection of Directors AIIMS. Moreover, there has been a balanced mix of seniority and merit while choosing the director,” said a senior doctor from AIIMS. “It has never happened in the history of AIIMS that a person in the rank of 50s or 30s has been shortlisted. Merit also comes with seniority after all,” said another senior doctor from AIIMS.
“The senior faculty gave their full support to Dr Chawla, but do not expect the same support form us again,” said a senior faculty member.
“Lot of damage has been done to the institute, which has hardly seen any growth in the last 5 years. PGI needs a strong administrator who can take institute to heights,” said another faculty member.