The fate of 11 faculty members, whose promotions are on hold since 2011, will be decided on July 4 when the new standing selection committee of PGI will conduct review interviews.
The new standing selection committee meeting was constituted in April under the chairmanship of Dr B K Sharma, former Director, PGI.
The committee will start the faculty selection/promotion process. The struggle of the 11 faculty members of PGI dates back to April 2011, when a selection committee headed by Dr V M Katoch, the secretary of the department of health research, Government of India, and Dr Arun Grover, Panjab University’s vice-chancellor refused promotions of 17 doctors.
Even after fulfilling all the criteria, no reason was cited to the faculty members as to why they were not promoted.
In December 2012, the committee meeting was held again, but the same members were again not promoted.
Aggrieved by the decision, the 11 faculty members moved to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and then to the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the decision of the selection committee of denying their promotion.
Both the courts gave their decision in favour of the faculty members. A faculty member said, “In September 2013, in its orders CAT had referred back the case to the governing body and ordered that the interviews of the 11 doctors will not be taken by the same committee members (Dr Katoch and Dr Arun Grover). It also stopped the PGI from conducting interviews until the case of 11 faculty members is solved.”
He added, “Against this order, the PGI administration moved the high court. However, in October 2013, the court gave its decision in our favour. They allowed the PGI to carry on with the interviews, but also ordered to conduct review interviews where the two members
will not be a part of the selection committee.”
n 2014, the PGI administration filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the orders of the high court.
“In October 2014, the apex court referred the cases back to the high court, it also ordered that promotions should be done on the basis of seniority,” said the doctor.
The PGI administration had to listen to the high court’s decision. Now, the committee has been reconstituted and it will conduct review interviews of the 11 faculty members on July 4.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Dr T D Yadav, the president of the PGI faculty association, said, “The institute has no objective system in place for promotions of its staff members. Because of various lacunae in the system, the doctors have been deprived of their professional rights.”