New Delhi, July 5, 2017: As the Union Health Ministry struggle to find an appropriate candidate for six new All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), around 1,285 posts remain vacant this year.
Now, the instantaneous solution was sought to hire retired professors up to the age of 70 years on contract as faculty.
Last year, a total of 1,300 posts were displayed for the AIIMS at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh in which only 300 were selected and just 200 finally joined.
Speaking at the annual health conference last month, Union Health Minister J P Nadda admitted that “they were rejecting about 40 candidates at once in the selection process as they are not getting goof people.”
Each AIIMS received 600-800 applications on an average last year, which means only one in 14 applicants was found to be deserving and only two of three who were selected joined.
This year Bhopal has advertised 251 posts, Bhubaneswar 178, Jodhpur 204, Patna 253, Raipur 204 and Rishikesh 205, little lesser than last year. A total of 305 posts are sanctioned in each AIIMS, and the number of posts filled ranges from 55 in Patna, to 135 in Bhubaneswar.
Officials associated with the recruitment process at the Union Health Ministry and at the new AIIMS say the problems in getting qualified faculty are manifold. While the substantially higher salary structures in the private sector for specialities such as nuclear medicine and neurosurgery is one factor, making recruitment for senior posts like a professor and additional professor extremely difficult, the other is the lack of facilities in the smaller centres where the new AIIMS have come up.
Elaborating on the proposal to hire retired professors on contract as faculty, a Health Ministry official said, “That way we may get good, competent people who have retired from institutes like AIIMS-New Delhi, and PGI-Chandigarh.”