Govt to fast-track medical faculty promotions

Relaxes Norms As 53% Posts Lie Vacant In The State’s Medical, Dental Colleges


Jammu, Dec 26: In a major policy decision, Jammu and Kashmir government has relaxed promotional norms in the Medical Education Department, where around 53 per cent posts are lying vacant for various reasons.
As per the government notification (SRO 425) issued on Wednesday, Health and Medical Education Department has modified J&K Medical Education (Gazetted) Services Recruitment Rules, 1979, relaxing norms for promotion to the posts of Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor.
Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education, MK Dwivedi - who had been pursuing the matter for last more than one year- told Greater Kashmir that with the amendment of service rules, the Medical Education Department in the state will be able to fill up most of the vacant posts in the two Government Medical Colleges and Dental Colleges.
As per the amendment, a doctor shall be now eligible for the post of Professor after rendering nine years of service instead of thirteen years. For promotion to the post of Professor the basic qualification would be services rendered as Associate Professor for three years in Government Medical College, Srinagar/Jammu as the case may be and for Associate Professor three years of service as Assistant Professor shall be mandatory. Similar qualification would be for the post of Assistant Professor, who has served as Lecturer for three years at either of the two medical colleges of the state.
However, the government even after reducing the prescribed service criteria has fixed a rider for the promotion. “It is now mandatory that the medicos with the Medical Education Department are associated with research work,” the order said, adding, “For the post of Professor the candidate must be having minimum four research publications indexed in Medical/National Journals as first author as Associate Professor and Assistant Professor.”
The order further reads, “For Associate Professor the candidate must have minimum of two research publications and for Assistant Professor at least one research publication as Lecturer has been made mandatory.” The notification, however, adds, “Provided that there would be a transitory period of two years w.e.f publication of this notification with regard to publication of research papers.”
“The department felt requirement of research publications for the faculty members as it would lead to higher quality in state health institutions in view of the fact that there would be more competition among the faculty at national and international level”, Dwivedi said adding, “This would also broaden the learning atmosphere and would also have contributions in medical sciences.”
He said that the transitory period of two years was provided on a suggestion made by Law Department. “It was rightly pointed out by the Law Department that at this point of time the faculty members are not involved in research publications particularly as first author”, he said.
He said that with the approval of Minister for Medical Education, a formal proposal was submitted to the Chief Minister and sanction was accorded. “The formal notification (SRO 425) has been issued on the direction of Governor”, he said.
The Secretary said that the department would promote the doctors eligible for the promotion in view of the new experience clause even if the research work has not been done. “This will be subject to clearance in DPC and preferably the promotees will have to undergo research work during the transitory period”, he said adding that after two years from now this rules will be strictly implemented.

The Medical Education Department is facing severe crises due to the fact that around 235 out of 441 posts of Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors are lying vacant in the two medical colleges and equal number of dental colleges of the state.
As per the official figures, Government Medical College Srinagar has the highest vacancies of 126 posts out of its total sanctioned strength of 221. There is shortage of 43 Professors, 31 Associate Professors and 52 Assistant Professors.
Government Medical College Jammu faces shortage of 23 Professors, 14 Associate Professors and 28 Assistant Professors.
The scenario is grim in two Dental Colleges of state also. Government Dental College Srinagar has only one Professor in place against sanctioned strength of nine, 3 Associate Professors against 9 posts and 3 Assistant Professors against 11 posts. Similar is the situation in Indira Gandhi Government Dental College Jammu where all the nine posts of Professors are lying vacant. There is also shortage of 7 Associate Professors and 6 Assistant Professors.
“With issuance of new circular we would be able to fill up more than 30 per cent of vacant posts in Medical Education Department in next three months,” MK Dwivdi said.

Jammu and Kashmir State Medical Education (Gazetted) Service Recruitment Rules, 1979, and JK Dental Education (Gazetted) Service Recruitment Rules, 1993, had turned obsolete, experts said.
While Lecturer is a direct recruitment post, the posts of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor are promotion posts in terms of the recruitment rules. As per the old rules minimum three years teaching experience was mandatory for a lecturer to become Assistant Professor, 5 years experience for an Assistant Professor to be eligible for Associate Professor post and similarly 5 years experience for an Associate Professor to be Professor. In all, minimum 13 years of teaching experience was required to reach the level of Professor for a faculty member from the date of his appointment as lecturer.
Official sources said that while formulating the proposal for the amendment, the department has gone through the criteria of service for elevation of teaching faculty in Medical/Dental Colleges as per MCI norms in the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
“In most of the states while the post of Lecturer and Assistant Professor is direct recruitment post, there is requirement of only 8-10 years of teaching experience to be eligible for the post of Professor.”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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