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Posted at: Jun 9, 2019, 7:21 AM; last updated: Jun 9, 2019, 7:21 AM (IST)FACULTY SHORTAGE IN MEDICAL COLLEGES

Govt promotes 41 PCMS docs to overcome problem

Doctors thank Health Minister

  • Meanwhile, PCMS doctors, who were miffed with the Punjab Government for the untimely delay in promotions, thanked former Health Minister Brahm Mohindra and Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Satish Chandra.

Karam Prakash
Tribune News Service
Patiala, June 8

With promotions of doctors Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) cadre this week to the post of Assistant Professors (AP) the faculty shortage in the Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in the state might partially be overcome.

In fact, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had pointed out the faculty shortage, one of the conditions to retain 100 MBBS seats in both the GMCs in Amritsar and Patiala, following which, the chances of losing 100 MBBS seats was looming large. 

Out of total 23 per cent faculty shortage the maximum was for the post of Assistant Professors. Therefore, following the promotion of the PCMS doctors to Assistant Professors, the state government had got some relief, said sources.

Taking a step in the right direction, the Punjab Government, on Thursday, promoted 41 PCMS doctors to the post of Assistant Professors in the meeting of the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC). The DPC is supposed to meet every year, but its meeting was not held since 2015.

Over 300 doctors had applied for the post of Assistant Professors in November, 2018, for both the GMCs in Patiala and Amritsar. 

Notably, the government had promoted seven Assistant Professors to Associate Professors and seven Associate Professors to Professors recently.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Satish Chandra, said the MCI had given the state government a two-month ultimatum and the latter had already done in-service recruitment of Assistant Professors recently.

“The direct quota recruitment is under process and will be completed in the next two days. With both recruitments of professors the shortage in medical colleges will be overcome,” claimed Chandra.

“The PCMS doctors of 12 departments have been promoted. The DPC of the remaining departments will meet in the next week,” he added. 

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