Two out of four Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) doctors accused of “unethical practices” and found guilty of plagiarism have been charge-sheeted by the administration of the Institute. A senior doctor has been appointed as inquiry officer to investigate the case.
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Earlier this year, four doctors including two head of departments were issued notices by the then Director Prof Yogesh Chawla. The governing body of the Institute had asked the director to initiate action against the accused doctors. Subsequently, the administration then served notices to Dr Pinaki Dutta from department of endocrinology, Dr Amitava Chakravarti, head, pharmacology department, Dr Santosh Kumar from the department of urology and head of parasitology department Dr Rakesh Sehgal.
Sources told Chandigarh Newsline that the Institute has now appointed Dr A K Bhalla, Additional Medical Superintendent (Advance Pediatrics center) as the inquiry officer. The doctors who have been charge-sheeted are Dr Dutta and Dr Chakravarti. Sources further said that the doctors charge-sheeted recently had submitted their response to the show cause notices. “Process is on to take initiate action against the remaining doctors,” said an official.
Professor Subhash Verma, acting Director, PGI confirmed the development. “We have appointed one person to inquire the matter,” he said. However, PGI spokeswoman Manju Wadwalkar refused to provide any information about the case. “This issue is confidential,” she said.
Earlier, the matter of plagiarism was raised in the governing body of the Institute last year in October. “Recently, it has been brought to the notice of the PGI administration that some of its faculty members are indulging in unethical practices in research projects to acclaim name. In all, the Institute received four complaints by way of media/press reports made by the fellow faculty members,” reads the minutes of the meeting of the governing body.