The Institute Body (IB) of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research would be convened soon to discuss the names shortlisted by a three-member committee to select the new PGI director. On Thursday, the committee, headed by Union health secretary C K Mishra, conducted the interviews of 26 applicants for the post.
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PGI officials said the next step to select the PGI director is to convene a meeting of the Institute Body, the highest decision-making body of PGI. So far, no date has been finalised about the meet. The IB is headed by Union Health Minister J P Nadda, who is the president of the institute. Mishra said on Friday: “The selection and screening committee has made its recommendations. The PGI will now move to the minister, so that a date is finalised and the IB meet is held.”
Apart from Mishra, the other two committee members were Dr V M Katoch, former director general of ICMR; and Dr Shridhar Dwevedi from Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, New Delhi. Around 29 applicants were told to appear before the selection committee for the interviews on Thursday. However, three, including two from PGI, did not turn up.
Those who appeared for the interviews include three doctors from the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32; Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander from Ludhiana and Vinod K Sharma from AIIMS. Maximum number of applicants were from the PGI.The tenure of former PGI director Yogesh Chawla ended earlier this month. Dr Subhash Verma was asked by the Union health ministry to take over as PGI director until a new appointment is made.