Lateral Entry in GMC Network Impacts Regular Faculty Promotions

   

By Sheikh Hilal

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SRINAGAR: A significant hurdle is impeding the advancement of medical education in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly impacting recently established medical colleges. The obstruction of faculty promotions, primarily attributed to the appointment of lateral entry consultants from the health department in 2019, is causing widespread disruptions.

GMC Anantnag

These consultants have halted the promotion prospects for numerous deserving candidates who were selected through proper channels. Earlier, the court instructed the medical education department to address this matter with the National Medical Council (NMC) and either integrate these faculty members into the medical education department or return them to the health department within a month. However, despite this directive, the medical education department has yet to resolve the issue.

Besides, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has not ratified the appointments of these lateral entry consultants, adding another layer of complexity and uncertainty. This standstill is triggering a chain reaction, impeding the promotion of eligible assistant professors and obstructing the recruitment of new faculty members. Consequently, these new medical colleges’ patient care and teaching standards are suffering.

In 2022, Director (Coordination) Dr Yash Pal was appointed as nodal officer to sort out this issue. He, however, could not offer a way out despite the fact that he was supposed to coordinate with the NMC.

Recently some assistant Professors were selected by the competent institution. However, as many as 18 departments in the GMC Anantnag are still waiting for their faculty to be appointed.

Departments within these institutions are grappling with the repercussions of this impasse. Insiders in the medical colleges said urgent intervention is essential to elevate medical education standards and ensure quality patient care. The medical education community is urging prompt action to address this matter and rejuvenate the progression of faculty career development.

Meanwhile, in a new development, Gazetted Level Teaching/Faculty and other posts in the Health and Medical Education Department have been excluded from the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services Decentralisation and Recruitment Act for academic arrangement purposes in all Government Medical Colleges of JK.

This, as per media reports, will facilitate filling unfilled posts in Government Medical Colleges across Jammu and Kashmir on an academic arrangement basis. The General Administration Department (GAD) has issued a notification stating that such posts, as identified by the Health and Medical Education Department from time to time for academic arrangements under the Jammu and Kashmir Medical and Dental Education rules 2020, are excluded from the J&K Civil Services Decentralisation and Recruitment Act. This exclusion applies provided that such posts have been advertised at least once in the last five years and remain unfilled.”

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