Urging state government to replace existing four-tier with three-tier promotion system, various doctors have said it would end stagnation in career advancement and address the issue of depleted faculty positions at higher levels.
They called for restructuring of medical education cadre into three-tier system in conformity with the prescribed norms by Medical Council of India (MCI).
In a statement, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) president, Dr Nisar ul Hassan today said while MCI has made it mandatory for all medical colleges and institutions to have uniform three-tier system for teaching faculty, J&K has failed to implement it.
"The state government can't lay down standards of medical education and frame rules which are in conflict with MCI guidelines. The new system allows only three cadres for teaching posts viz Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor, but state medical colleges/institutes continue to follow traditional four-tier system," he added.
"Under the prevailing system, it takes at least 12 years to become a Professor, but now this duration, as per new norms, has come down to just 5 years."
Non-implementation of MCI rules has not only affected the teaching in medical colleges/institutes, but has also affected patient care.
"There are some departments without Professors and Associate Professors, and some do not have faculty at all. Many departments have higher faculty positions either on OPG basis or on academic arrangement. The prestigious health institutions which were established to promote and deliver quality health care and impart medical education might lose some of the undergraduate seats and postgraduate courses soon due to deficient faculty," Dr Nisar said.
"In absence of adequate number of Professors, these institutes were not able to start postgraduate courses in many disciplines."
The doctors have said that if the existing system was not changed and the new one not adapted immediately, it would entail de-recognition of many courses, which could collapse the entire health sector of the state.