Ghost medical teachers now exposed at PIMS
After Punjab Medical Council, now Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, has busted some ghost medical teachers, at one of the premier institutions of the state.
Inspecting the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar, last week, the university team found one Dr Dilbans Singh Pandher mentioned on the record as an assistant professor in the orthopedics department, even as he was full-time consultant at Oxford Hospital in Jalandhar and examined patients during the hours when he claimed to be teaching the MBBS students.
The team also secured some prescriptions that Dr Pandher had written on the Oxford Hospital letterhead. It carries the same time as marked against his name on the PIMS attendance register. Another teacher from the community medicine department claimed he was posted at the rural health centre (adopted by the PIMS) at Bilga village near Jalandhar. However, when the inspectors asked him the route to Bilga from Jalandhar and the village details, he was left mum.
The inspection report mentioned evidence that a teacher at PIMS worked outside during the duty hours. “This does raise a doubt if the lowly paid teachers will be motivated to sit in the department from 9am to 4 pm as required,” the report observed.
Asked to react, PIMS public relations head Sunish Tangri told the reporter to contact principal Dr Kulbeer Kaur; but her mobile phone was switched off.