December 17, 2016 4:15:07 am
A day after the National Commission of SCs and STs recommended to the Union health ministry that a panel of doctors shortlisted by a search committee to select the new PGIMER director “may be reviewed”, the Institute’s faculty association on Friday echoed the views of the commission and demanded a review of the process.
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On Thursday, during the hearing of the case, the commission while expressing its disapproval of the selection process, recommended that the shortlist “may be reviewed.” “There are some rules and regulations which are to be followed such as merit, seniority list, experience and length of service. In view of Article 338, Constitution of India, and being a constitutional authority, the National Commission of Scheduled Castes recommended that the Secretary, Health and Family Welfare [C K Mishra] may review the selection panel so that justice is done,” Commission member Ishwar Singh had told Chandigarh Newsline on Thursday.
Echoing the remarks of the commission, the PGI faculty association said that the process of a selection panel was not satisfactory.
“It is very unfortunate what is happening to select the Director of such a prestigious Institute,” said Dr T D Yadav, head, PGI Faculty association. “We are also not satisfied with the selection process and we want the selection panel be reviewed so that the entire controversy is ended. It is for the prestige of the Institute that the process be reviewed.”
At PGI, the recommendations of the commission has also brought relief for the senior professors, who say the commission’s step is in the “right direction”.
“This is a relief for the entire PGI faculty that the commission has made such recommendations. We want the ministry to announce a director for the Institute who is honest and acceptable to everyone,” said a senior PGI professor. “PGI is an institute of national importance and you cannot make a mockery of it.”
Another faculty member told Chandigarh Newsline that the government should take the correct measures to select a PGI director. “Whatever is happening shouldn’t happen and the entire process should be now done fairly. The entire selection process has raised several questions. Since the commission has made some important remarks in the case, the central government should take all things into consideration before announcing a new director.”
A search and selection committee headed by Union Health Secretary C K Mishra, formed by the union health minister J P Nadda, had recommended a panel of three PGI doctors after interviewing 26 applicants. Dr Anil Bhansali, head of department of Endocrinology, was on the top of the panel recommended by the selection committee, followed by Dr Meenu Singh, who is from the department of Pediatrics, and Dr Jagat Ram, head, Advance Eye Centre. The commission, however, put the selection process on hold after they received a complaint from an SC and ST body of PGI, alleging discrimination in the selection process against SC candidates. The shortlist panel has also triggered resentment among the PGI faculty as they say the selection was not done “fairly”.
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