No one knows how challenging it is to hold the post of director at PGIMER is than Dr Yogesh Chawla, whose five-year-term as director ended on Thursday. In an interview with HT, he shared his experiences.
How was your experience ?
It was good. Every day was a challenge. Professionally, there were some compromises, but I am satisfied. I wish I could have done more.
What was the best part of your tenure and what felt bitter?
The best part was the support and help I received from my colleagues, barring a few. Getting Padma Shri and getting an award for the cleanest public hospital in the country was also good. I never felt as high as at that time. I felt bitter when people made demands that were not under my control to satisfy.
What is ailing PGI and what is the solution?
The congestion and the crowd. Recently, we have written and spoken to hospitals as far as neonates is concerned. If it works out well, we could adopt it.
The last year of your tenure saw a number of strikes.
These were on issues not under my control.
Some members of your faculty says that you are a nice human being, but a weak administrator.
What I am, I cannot change. It has been a very difficult place. I am fairly satisfied. My family life has suffered for no fault of theirs. They compromised a lot for me. It is tough, but is a part of the game.
Your take on the cropping up of the names of your children-daughter and son-in-law in a selection row?
This was an issue that was unnecessarily raked up. I recused myself. May be people did not like me or my face or whatever.
Any project you wish should have been completed?
I wish this 250-bed hospital should have been completed.
Any suggestions for new director?
The congestion needs to be addressed. The 1st Geriatrics Centre in the country must come up here.