The month of November will witness the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) fill more than 80 vacant faculty posts. This filling up will help run the institute in a better way as it would help serve the rising patient footfall, more effectively, say PGI administrators.Though according to PGI officials they are in the process of filling up 83 vacant faculty posts at the healthcare facility.
The present faculty status at PGIMER is: 466 posts filled as against the total 554.
The PGI website in a fresh notice by the PGI administration has announced interviews for faculty posts under direct recruitment/assessment promotion scheme to be held between November 15 and18. Recruitments to 45 departments will be done in the three days when interviews are conducted.
The need to fill up vacant posts has arisen as the patient rush is huge at the institute, says a senior official.
“The number of patients is huge. In the OPD, 10,000 patients visit on a daily basis. If we will have more faculty, it is going help in improving the patient care,” added the official.
According to statistical data available, the institute saw a 25 lakh footfall last year and the number was 24 lakh in 2015-16 at the OPD.
PGI’s Faculty Association, President Dr T D Yadav told Chandigarh Newsline, that the time had come for the administration to focus on the up gradation of infrastructure. “If they are filling the vacant posts, we have no problem. But at the same time, they should also focus on up gradation the facilities like housing, faculty offices and more important the Operation theatres,” he said.
In April, this year, when the interview dates to fill 79 faculty posts were announced it did not go down in a good way with the institute’s faculty association, which took a while, before giving their consenting nod reports the Indian Express.