Stating the selection process for the post of director, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), is a “clear case of discrimination” against a doctor who belongs to the deprived section, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has directed the union health secretary to review the selection process, so that “justice” is done.
Union health minister JP Nadda had formed a search and selection committee to shortlist names for the post of director. Union health secretary CK Mishra chaired the committee and gave three names in preference order — placing Dr Anil Bhansali (head, endocriniology department) first, Dr Meenu Singh (pediatrician) second and Dr Jagat Ram (head, Advanced Eye Centre) third.
Unhappy with the panel, the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes Employees Welfare Association of PGI had moved the NCSC.
FINDING OF THE PANEL
“The selection committee did not follow any rules and regulations,” said Ishwar Singh, member, NCSC. On the seniority list, doctors who are first and second on the short-list are 27th and 52nd on the seniority list. Dr Jagat Ram, 7th on the seniority list, has been positioned third, Singh said. (see box)
“In Research Publications as well, the Research Gate (RG) Score of Dr Jagat Ram is 54.1, Dr Anil Bhansali has 40.6 score and Dr Meenu Singh’s RG score is low. So, the doctor on the third rank has 13 points more in research in comparison to the doctor placed first,” said Singh.
National and International awards: Dr Jagat Ram has 24 awards -- 11 international and 13 national, Dr Anil Bhansali has few national awards and no international award, Dr Meenu Singh does not have any national or international awards, Singh added.
In 2004, a vigilance inquiry was held against Dr Anil Bhanasali. “How can you place a person against whom vigilance inquiry was held on the first position?”, questioned Singh.
“It seems the names were finalised first and panel was formed later. It is a clear case of discrimination against a doctor who belongs to the deprived section of the society,” Singh added.
“The NCSC, a Constitutional body, has directed the health secretary to review the selection panel, so that justice is done. We cannot bind the ministry. If the ministry does not respect our decision, it means it does not respect the Constitution,” said Singh.