GMCH-32 retaining faculty by utilising Career Advancement Scheme

Scheme's purpose was to stop the exodus of experienced college faculty members in absence of vacancies.

Written by TANBIR DHALIWAL | Chandigarh | Published: July 11, 2014 1:40 pm
medical-L The purpose behind adoption of CAS scheme to enhance the number of seats. (Source: PTI)

By retaining experienced faculty to get enhanced number of MBBS seats, the Government Medical College and Hospital(GMCH) in Sector 32 has been utilising the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) in a one-dimensional approach.

At GMCH- 32, several regular doctors have two designations- one of UPSC (the selecting body) and another of CAS. Under CAS, selective doctors are promoted through departmental level evaluation. A senior lecturer (assistant professor) is re-designated as reader (associate professor), and reader as professor.

The purpose behind adoption of this scheme was to stop the exodus of experienced faculty members from the college, in the absence of vacancies in the promotional posts.

Another reason is to enhance the number of PG seats. “In 2009, the college adopted the scheme and promoted some of its doctors a day before the then Medical Council of India’s (MCI) inspection. After that, the college was granted three additional seats,” sources said.

“The Department of Personnel and Training, Chandigarh, rescinded the Career Advancement Scheme and the consent was taken from the then home secretary and governor. Despite this, the scheme is being used ‘illegally’,” another faculty member said. Dr Anita Sinha Malhotra, Physiology department, GMCH, had taken the issue to the tribunal on May 26.

At present, she has two designations, one of assistant professor under UPSC and another of associate professor (since 2008) under CAS. Based on the re-designation of associate professor, she applied for the post of professor in 2013.

However, in May 2014, UPSC cancelled her candidature because experience earned as associate professor under CAS was considered not eligible.

Further, the director-principal of GMCH-32 cancelled the experience certificate and issued a clarification that “Re-designated teachers do not receive the benefit of experience as readers or associate professors.”

“During inspection, the authorities of GMCH-32 showed my designation as associate professor to MCI but the director is now giving contrary statement to UPSC,” she mentions.

She further pointed out that GMCH-32  had given experience certificate to Dr Nitin Nagarkar, who was re-designated as professor under CAS and joined as Director, AIIMS Raipur, later on.

Dr Atul Sachdev, Director-Principal, GMCH-32, said, “UPSC does not accept the promotion under CAS. This is why I denied giving experience letter to the doctor. As far as the case of Dr Nitin is concerned, we had informed the selection committee about the promotion under CAS and they had no objection to it.”

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