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Concern over bid to appoint AIIMS faculty on contract

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NEW DELHI: Senior faculty members at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here have expressed their anguish and apprehension at the move by the Institute administration to appoint faculty members on contract.

Stating that the move will harm the Institute in the long run, they said not only was the Institute trying to bring in employees on contract it was also trying to the implement the recommendations of the Valiathan Committee without proper discussion.

“The Institute is trying to implement some of the recommendations of Dr. M. S. Valiathan Committee despite a statement by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad recently about the report being thoroughly discussed with the stakeholders before being implemented,” said a release issued by the Progressive Medicos and Scientists Forum.

“The Valiathan Committee report can be implemented only when discussed with the patients who are the most important stakeholders in a national Institute like AIIMS. The haste with which the administration is trying to bring it in will only lead to the commercialisation of this public institute and benefit the corporate at the cost of the poor people,” noted the release.

Opposing the move to appoint the faculty members on contract, a senior faculty member said: “Those being appointed on contract will face career insecurity, lack of future orientation and stress. There is a strong move on the part of the Union Health Ministry to force AIIMS to make appointments of faculty on contract. Such moves are motivated purely by the objective of hiring people to the faculty who shall be totally subservient to the administration in a hope that they shall subsequently be regularised. Experience of such practice from elsewhere clearly shows that merit is the last criterion for such selections.”

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