GMCs allowed to continue DSB teachers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Mar 2018 09:43:56


Staff Reporter,

Government junks controversial GR doing away with recruitment through DSB

IN a major respite to Government Medical Colleges across Maharashtra facing acute shortage of qualified medical teaching faculty, the State Government has finally decided to withdraw its recent decision to stop recruitment of Assistant Professors (lecturers) through the Divisional Selection Board (DSB). The controversial Government Resolution was issued in the first week of March directing Deans of all Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) to stop recruitment of Assistant Professors (lecturers) through the Divisional Selection Board (DSB), much to their astonishment. The decision in this regard has been taken by Maharashtra Minister of Medical Education Girish Mahajan on Monday evening. A formal notification to this effect is likely to be issued on Tuesday.

In Maharashtra there are over 800 lecturers appointed through DSB and exactly the same number of posts are required to be filled to meet the MCI guidelines. Based on The Hitavada report which was treated as PIL, the High Court had pulled up the Government over alarming number of vacancies in GMCs due to which intake capacity was about to be curtailed. Then prevailing practice of appointing teachers through Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) was found cumbersome and time-consuming and it was decided to create a speedier mechanism to immediately fill the vacant teaching posts, as the GMC deans found that most young doctors prefer to leave for greener pastures sooner or later and it become practically impossible to comply with MCI regulation with MPSC at the helm of recruitment process.

As per existing practice, Dean of respective GMCs recruit these teachers through DSB for 120 days and then their appointment is extended for 364 days. Nagpur GMC has about 100 lecturers. Similarly about 70 such teachers are in Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) who might have lost jobs.

According to sources the Deans of all GMCs had sent the letters to Mahajan attracting his attention towards the repercussions if GR was implemented.

When the mandarins within Medical Education Department realised the folly behind the latest decision, they quietly decided to retract as not regularising DSB appointed doctors would have crippled the teaching and services in GMCs across Maharashtra. Giving a serious thought to it Girish Mahajan took immediate steps and directed the top officials to immediately cancel the GR. Infact, after the issuance of this controversial GR, Maharashtra State Medical Teachers Association (MSMTA) had strongly opposed it and warned of a stir.

Ironically, the DSB teachers, who are backbone of the teaching in GMCs and hospital management, are yet to be regularised by the Government. Since past 10 years, they are fighting with the authorities to regularise their services, which are crucial for public health service. These teachers are actually working on temporary basis and often they are forced to move the Court for regularisation.

According to Nagpur MSMT Association President Dr Sameer Golawar, DSB is one issue but there is dearth of teachers in other health science courses like dental, BPMT, occupational and physiotherapy, the nursing school as well. Dr Golawar while welcoming the decision to cancel this bizarre GR also attracted the attention of the department towards the vacancies of Tutor. According to the norms of Medical Council of India (MCI), every department should have five posts of Tutor. Shockingly no GMC has bothered to fill the posts of Tutor, Dr Golawar stated.