Chandigarh: The premier Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), PGI Chandigarh is taking ample steps towards digitization.
As per a recent report by TOI, the institute is now going to make the allocation of the campus hostel seats, be available online. Afterwards, the academic record including research papers, dissertations and thesis would be digitalized too.
Since administrative tasks require a lot of paperwork, digitization comes as the best resort for any institute. As of now, the only online facility PGIMER has is payment of examination fees. However, the PGIMER administration is working on making the Post-Graduate (MD/MS) examinations online. On the other side, the institute is planning to make its other areas digitized.
Confirming the information to TOI, Dr Rajesh Kumar, Dean (Academics) at PGIMER stated, “We are working on starting MD/MS exams online, but this will take time. However, there are other areas including the allocation of hostel seats, research papers and thesis which will be digitalized.”
Over 1,200 resident doctors join PGIMER as researchers each year. Many resident doctors have to wait to get accommodated in the campus hostels. With the hostel allocation seats being made online specifying the hostellers’ name, room number and department so that students waiting for hostels know about the vacancy.
“Most of the resident doctors have to wait for their turn for the hostels. Once it is made online, those which fall vacant can be allotted,” said an official in the PGIMER.
Some of the departments are already made online and now the PGIMER administration is thinking of making all academic process paperless.
The OPD registration works in online mode and there are some laboratory reports which are sent online. “But this is in patient care area. We are also including the academic department and once the MD/MS entrance examinations are online, the counselling shall also be done online,” Dr Kumar added.
Transparency is also one of the things that the medical college staff and students are looking forward to. “The names of the candidates who are selected are put up in form of circulars and the departments are also disclosed after counselling. PGI does not reveal the departments/specialization online. Once all the system is made online, there will be transparency,” said a resident doctor.