Already under scanner for alleged irregularities in the recruitment for teaching and non-teaching posts, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, has an uphill task to recruit cancer experts at the upcoming Advanced Cancer Diagnosis Treatment and Research Centre (ACDTRC) here on merit.
Already delayed by eight months due to the under-construction building, the ACDRC may not start functioning in coming months as the university has not got much response to the advertisement published to fill the top posts in the institute.
The university had invited applications for some top posts in August and the advertisement for the posts was repeated in November. One post, each of associate professor and assistance professor in anaesthesia, radiology, medicine and general surgery, was advertised for recruitment. Applications were also invited for a tutor in radiotherapy technology and professor for anesthesia and radiology.
According to sources, the total number of applications received for the posts fall far short of the the requirement.
"We have received applications almost equal to the number of posts published. Some applicants are with rare expertise. We hope we will get the best talent for the posts," said Sardool Singh, secretary to vice-chancellor, BFUHS.
According to sources, it is not only the lack of talent but also the lack of transparency in the recruitment process that keeps genuine applicants away.
According to a recent complaint, allegedly based on the information received under the Right to Information Act and made to the Medical Council of India (MCI), many posts at the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital (GGSMH), a constituent college of BFUHS, were filled by ignoring merit.
"Head of the radiotherapy department at GGSMH, Dr Hanuman Prasad Yadav, was promoted to the post of professor and department of radiotherapy, on July 13, 2009 though he does not meet the minimum eligibility criteria for appointment as a teacher in medical institutions," reads the complaint.
It further alleges, "Dr Yadav has not completed four years as an associate professor. He has not submitted any experience certificates and has not published any scientific/academic papers in any national or international journals post-MD radiotherapy."
"Three post-graduate seats have been sanctioned by the MCI but, surprisingly, there no eligible postgraduate teacher in the department of radiotherapy at GGSMCH, Faridkot. No seniority list is being followed at BFUHS. No service rules till date. BFUHS was established in 1998 and even sixteen years since its inception no rules regarding appointments, promotions/demotions, redesignations and reappointments, resignation, sanctioned posts, seniority etc are being followed," reads the complaint.
An official, while justifying the university, claimed that the university is forced to ignore merit due to non-availability of experts in the required fields.
However, when Sardool Singh was asked, if such adjustments could be made while appointing experts in Bathinda, he said, "MCI norms do not permit us to go beyond merit."