PGI prof writes to PM Modi: ‘Merit pushed to corner’

The selection process was put on hold by the NCSC on Thursday after receiving a complaint from an Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) body of PGI alleging discrimination in the process against SC candidates.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:November 13, 2016 5:27 am
pgi759 Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh

A SENIOR Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) professor, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has said that during the shortlisting of a panel to select the PGI director, the “merit has been pushed to the corner” and selecting a person with no administrative experience will have “catastrophic effect.”

The institute body (IB) of the PGI had last week recommended three names to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) to select the institute director. Dr Anil Bhansali, head of the Department of Endocrinology, Dr Meenu Singh, who is from the department of paediatrics and Dr Jagat Ram, head, Advanced Eye Centre, were initially recommended by a selection committee headed by Union Health Secretary C K Mishra and constituted by the health ministry.

The selection process was put on hold by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes on Thursday after receiving a complaint from an Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) body of PGI alleging discrimination in the process against  SC candidates.

“In the recently held selection, for the post of director, the merit has been pushed to the corner…the persons shortlisted are good doctors, without any administrative experience. Secondly, seniority has also been ignored,” reads the letter, a copy of which has been accessed by Chandigarh Newsline.

“One of the candidate selected Dr Anil Bhansali is at number 32 and has faced a vigilance case against him. The other candidate, Dr Meenu Singh, do not have required experience as stipulated in the advertisement for the said post and she is at No.57 in the gradation list. Dr Jagat Ram do not have required five years’ experience as head of department, he took over as head only a year ago,” alleges the professor, who was also an applicant.

He pointed out that “seniority plays” a big role in the day-to-day working of any medical institute. “People in the medical profession respect the age as well as the seniority. Having no administrative experience will have catastrophic effect,” the professor has  said, adding that “ignoring seniority and merits acts as demoralising factor.”