Dehradun : MCI visit amidst faculty shortage worries Doon Medical College
Dehradun: With atleast 20 percent faculty positions lying vacant in Government Doon Medical College(GDMC), the newly functioning college is in all probability is going to run into trouble with the Medical Council of India (MCI). The MCI is to inspect the premises of the college in the month of December for granting the first renewal letter of permission (LOP) to the college for the current academic session.
The first MCI approval for admission of 150 students in the first year MBBS course,which commenced in June this year, had been obtained after many failed attempts by Department of Medical Education and the GDMC, after which the situation in the college was such that the faculty members were quitting one after the other, leaving the college short of twenty percent of deployed staff of the initial appointments done.
The Department of Medicine in the college seems to be the most affected with three faculty members leaving their jobs in the last few months. Posts of one Professor, two Associate Professors and two Senior Residents (SR) are lying vacant in this department presently. The Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics follows close with two posts of Associate Professors lying vacant. In the Department of Radio-diagnosis one post each of Associate Professor and Assistant Professor is vacant while two posts of Assistant Professor are to be filled in Anesthesia. The list of vacant positions does not end here; with the Department of Ophthalmology having a post of Associate Professor vacant, while one post each of SR is vacant with the Department of Pediatrics and Orthopedics respectively. A post of Associate Professor is also to be filled in the blood bank of the college.
The Director Medical Education, Dr Ashutosh Sayana told the Pioneer that the Medical Education Recruitment Board (MERB) had been asked to start recruitment for these vacant positions by the Department. Dr Sayana expressed hope that the recruitment advertisement would be released within a week.
The MERB conducts walk in interviews to fill the faculty positions of GDMC.
The department pays a fixed salary of Rs 1.23 Lakh to Professor while the Associate Professor gets a salary of Rs 1.10 Lakh per month. The salary of Assistant Professor is fixed at Rs 95000 a month. Similarly the SR is employed on a salary of Rs 65000 while the pay of JR is Rs 47000. Apart from salary, the staff members are also provided accommodation by the government. The salary obligation of the DMC per month is Rs 1.71 Crores.