After AIIMS Delhi, RIMS to reserve 20 percent seats for male nurses
Ranchi: Following the footsteps of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, the management of Ranchi-based Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has decided to reserve its 20 percent seats for male nurses.
The decision is likely to bring relief to male candidates who would now have 72 nursing seats reserved for them in RIMS.
The matter of recruiting male nurses had moved the supreme court after the concern was raised by three men who had filed a petition and sought quashing of the Central Administrative Tribunal's (CAT) judgment. CAT had upheld AIIMS's decision to reserve 80 percent of over 4,600 posts in nursing staff for women.
The petitioners' advocate Santhosh Krishnan had told the court that despite having such a high percentage, these male candidates were not getting appointed due to this women's reservation policy.
The recent decision of recruiting male nurses taken in a meeting convened by the hospital's governing body held on Thursday in the presence of Health Secretary KK Soan and RIMS Director Kameshwar Prasad, RIMS seems to be taking a path similar to AIIMS, Delhi.
RIMS had put out an advertisement for the recruitment of 370 nursing staff, of which 20% will be male nurses. The hospital's governing body in its meeting gave its nod for the same and also approved four infrastructural development-related proposals. The realizing of all these proposals would ensure that better service would be provided by the state-run hospital.
RIMS started its journey back on August 15, 2002. It took birth from the old Rajendra Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) that had been operating since 1960. Equipped with 33 departments including emergency, Blood bank, etc., RIMS has been providing free medical treatment and medicine to people.
Commenting on the 20% reservation for the male nurses, Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta told the Times of India, "Rims had put out an advertisement for recruitment of 370 nursing staff, of which 20% will be male nurses. The decision to reserve seats follows a similar one being followed in AIIMS, New Delhi."
Dainik Bhaskar reports that the past advertisement regarding the recruitment of 362 nursing staff had been canceled due to accusations of irregularities.
At the recent meeting of the governing body of RIIMS, plans have been undertaken to remove the shortcomings in the dental and mechanical sections. The institute is planning to make the dental institute well-equipped and fill the vacant faculty positions to gain the approval of DCI, which had been denied previously, before the next inspection, adds TOI.
Regarding the issue of the dental institute, Minister Gupta told TOI, "We have decided to fill up all the vacant faculty positions and purchase necessary equipment at the earliest so that the students do not face any problems. The hospital's director has been directed to expedite the process and it will be completed before the next inspection by DCI."