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PGI Chandigarh to get 2 deans soon, decides governing body chaired by Union health minister

The governing body meeting, chaired by Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union minister of health and family welfare, was held in New Delhi on Thursday. 

punjab Updated: May 12, 2017 12:10 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PGI,Jagat Prakash Nadda,Dr Jagat Ram
The decision will be implemented after the retirement of Dr S Varma, current PGIMER dean, in July. (HT File Photo)

Now, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) will have two deans – one for research and one for academics. The institute’s proposal aimed to boost research was approved at the governing body (GB) meeting of the institute.

The GB meeting, chaired by Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union minister of health and family welfare, was held in New Delhi on Thursday.

One of the main focuses of Dr Jagat Ram, PGIMER director, is to boost research in the institute, which is lacking since the last few years. For this purpose, the director is frequently interacting with the researchers and is trying to solve the issues faced by them.

“A proposal was made to have two deans in the institute for academics (Dean 1) and research (Dean 2). The agenda was presented at the GB meeting and the president of the institute, JP Nadda, has given in principal approval,” said a senior officer from the PGIMER.

The proposal was made on the pattern of AIIMS, which has two deans.

“A note will be sent to the president of the institute, wherein three names of the senior most doctors will be sent for these two posts,” said PGI official.

Most likely, names of Dr Rajesh Kumar, head, school of public health; Dr A Rajwanshi, head, department of cytology and Dr D Behera, head of pulmonary medicine, will be sent to the minister.

Dr S Varma, current PGIMER dean is retiring in July. The decision will be implemented post his retirement only.

Respite for Dr AK Gupta

Bringing respite to Dr AK Gupta, medical superintendent of PGIMER, the governing body of the institute has regularised his much talked about 90-day long foreign leave.

With the regularisation of his day long foreign leave to Nepal, Dr Gupta may not have to pay nearly Rs 10 lakh, one third of the amount he earned during his foreign assignment. which he was bound to pay earlier. However, this issue was not discussed in the governing body.

The issue dates back to 2014, when Dr Gupta ‘disobeyed’ the then health minister’s orders and went ahead to Nepal on an assignment of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

His leave was cancelled by the then health minister. However, he stayed back and filed an appeal with the ministry seeking permission, but got no reply.

He was chargesheeted in July 2016, but he got a stay on it. Following this, he was asked to pay one-third of his fee, which he earned during his foreign visit.

Now, the matter was placed in the governing body to regularise his leave. “The foreign leave has been regularised, it is a big relief for MS,” said an officer from PGIMER.

“Truth and rules have prevailed while dropping warning and orders of depositing 33% fee in excess of Rs 1,500 by GB now,” said Dr AK Gupta.

Other important decisions

■ Plagiarism rules formed by PGIMER dean have been regularised. These rules define what will count as plagiarism. Now, a committee has been constituted to decide upon the penalty for those found guilty of plagiarism

■ Recruitiment of 32 doctors have been regularised

■ Director has been given power to issue tenders up to Rs 5 crore, earlier he had power to issue tender till Rs 2.5 crore.

First Published: May 12, 2017 12:10 IST