DAINIK NATION BUREAU
To meet the criteria laid by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the administration of the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) has started the recruitment drive against vacant faculty positions. The college would organise walk-in interviews of applicants for 54 posts of senior residents (SR), junior residents (JR) and tutors on Monday, February 20. The college has also requested the Uttarakhand medical education recruitment board to initiate the process of recruitment for the vacant positions of professors, associate professors and assistant professors. The principal of the GDMC, Dr Pradeep Bharati Gupta told The Pioneer that the college would be able to fill the vacant faculty positions by the first week of March. More than 40 percent of the faculty positions in the medical college are vacant at present.
It should be mentioned here that a team from the MCI had visited the medical college and its associated hospital in December 2016 to grant the renewal of letter of permission (LoP) given to the college in the previous year. Apart from other discrepancies, the team was particularly peeved at relatively high percentage of vacant faculty position. On the report of the team, the MCI had sent a letter to the college in the first week of February asking it to remove the deficiencies observed by the MCI team within a time period of one month.
The medical college at present has 60 professors, associate professors and assistant professors.The GDMC has recruited professors on a fixed monthly salary of Rs 1.23 lakh, associate professor on Rs 1.10 lakh and assistant professor on Rs 95,000 salary. Similarly the SR is employed on a monthly salary of Rs 60,000 while the pay of JR and tutor is fixed at Rs 52,000 per month.
Many assistant professors, associate professors, JR and SR had left the college in the previous year causing a shortage of faculty members in the nascent medical college. The delay in disbursal of salary, undue interference in work and internal politics in the college are purported to be the reasons behind disillusionment among the members of