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Controversy over AIIMS Director Appointment, PMO seeks Clarification


Controversy over AIIMS Director Appointment, PMO seeks Clarification

New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sought a clarification from the health ministry on the process followed in shortlisting of names for the post of AIIMS director.

The PMO asked for the explanation after several senior faculty members of the prestigious institute approached it with a complaint that seniority has been bypassed in choosing the names for the top job.

The Institute Body, which is the AIIMS’ top decision-making body headed by Union Health Minister J P Nadda, has recommended HOD of paediatrics Dr V K Paul, HOD of pulmonary medicine and sleep disorder Dr Randeep Guleria and professor of cardiology Dr Balram Bhargava for the top post, out of 53 applicants.

A meeting was held between top health ministry officials and the PMO on Wednesday and a final decision in the matter is expected in a few days, sources said.

According to a senior health ministry official, some AIIMS faculty members had met the principal secretary to the Prime Minister and the cabinet secretary over the matter.

“They claimed that people who are higher in seniority have been ignored,” the official said.

“The PMO has sought to know what criterion was adopted in shortlisting the names of three candidates and why names of Dr S C Sharma HoD of ENT, Dr S K Panda HOD of Pathology and Dr Subrata Sinha who is the Director of National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar were dropped,” the official said.

The official also said a final call in the matter will be taken by the Prime Minister.

The selection-cum-search panel, led by Health Secretary C K Mishra, in its meeting on January 24, in addition to Dr Paul, Dr Guleria and Dr Bhargava had also considered Chitra Sarkar, professor of pathology, Sharma and Sinha for the post.

The selection-cum-search panel, led by Health Secretary C K Mishra, in its meeting on January 24, in addition to Dr Paul, Dr Guleria and Dr Bhargava had also considered Chitra Sarkar, professor of pathology, Sharma and Sinha for the post.

Dr Panda is third in the seniority list of AIIMS professors, followed by Dr V K Behl at fourth, Dr Sarkar at fifth, Suborto Sinha at sixth and Sharma at 17th position.

The shortlisted candidates Dr Paul is at 26th position, while Dr Guleria is at 34 and Bhargava is at 77th in the seniority list.

Fifty-three doctors, including 35 from outside AIIMS, had applied for the post. It has already been a month since Dr M C Mishra has retired and currently Dr Balram Airan is the acting director.

 




Source: PTI
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    Dr. C V Raghuveer March 8, 2017, 3:54 pm

    I too fully agree that seniority alone should not be the sole criterion for holding the top position. A person of caliber in Teaching, Research, Patient Care if he/she is a Clinician and Professional eminence (if he /she is not a Clinician) should be taken into account. I am sure such criteria will be applied. At the same time seniority can not be totally ignored. Hence a formula has to be arrived at and due weightage must be given to all the attributes. I am sure the selection committee has done it.

  2. Dr VK PAUL is a candidate from Himachal Pradesh and so is Mr J P NADDA, an MP From Bilaspur- Himachal Pradesh. I do not see him doing anything superior that befits him to by pass other candidates. Mr NADDA is playing pure politics as he has always done by seeking people that would do his bidding. He did sack a real good Administrator Mr Chaturvedi who prevented AIIMS being a loot bank. Mr Nadda\’s previous panel was dissolved by the PMO. Why have this tainted guy even be in charge of anything. It\’s Indias misfortune that such epitomes of mediocrity are allowed to be in such positions.

  3. Plain seniority should not obviously be the sole criterion or have a heavy weightage in consideration for the top post of the premier medical institution. Academic , clinical ,research and administrative capabilities of a high order and above all leadership qualities of taking all along play crucial role for the incumbent ; the selection panel must have considered the content and clarity of vision of the interviewees for the Institute in times to come . All in all , the post demands not just competence but excellence. Objective scoring / grading at short listing and final selection alone can be an effective answer to all questions raised and facilitate smooth and swift decision making . Any limbo should not last long. (Director Prof ) M E Yeolekar , Mumbai.