Non-availability of reserved category candidates a setback for Government
Non-availability of the candidates of reserved categories has resulted in a setback to the State Government’s bid to appoint permanent faculty members in the Government medical colleges of the State. The Uttarakhand Medical Services Selection Board (UMSSB) declared the results of the selection process of the assistant professors on Friday. Out of the advertised 138 advertised posts, the board could not find candidates of Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Castes (OBC) for 40 posts of assistant professors.
The result shows that the board could not find candidates of reserved categories on six posts of general surgery, five posts of general medicine, four posts of gynecology, for two posts in each of subjects like anatomy, community medicine, radio diagnosis, psychiatry and TB chest.
Similarly, one post each in subjects like ophthalmology, forensic medicine, orthopaedics, pathology and radiotherapy departments would remain vacant due to non- availability of candidates of the reserved categories.
The chairman of UKMSSB, Dr D S Rawat said that the board would invite fresh applications from the candidates of reserved categories to fill these posts. He added that the board has sent the list of selected 88 candidates to the State Government which would appoint them in different medical colleges.
It is pertinent to mention here that as per the rules, the selection authority has to keep on advertising posts of reserved categories till it finds candidates.
If these candidates are not available for five years from the first advertisement the selection authority can take a decision to fill them with candidates of unreserved categories.
A total of 417 applications were received by the UKMSSB for 138 posts of assistant professors out of which 380 candidates were shortlisted for interviews.
In Uttarakhand there are three Government medical colleges-Government Doon Medical College, Medical College Haldwani and Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Medical College Srinagar.
In the absence of permanent appointments for the last many years, most of the faculty members in these medical colleges are working on contract.
To fill a large number of vacant positions of faculty members in the Government medical colleges, UKMSSB started a drive to fill 138 posts of assistant professors in 24 disciplines in September this year.
However, the open recruitment decision was resented by the assistant professors working on contract in these medical colleges.
Some of these contractual faculty members went to the High Court (HC) on which it issued a stay on the recruitment process in October last year. This stay was, however, vacated in November last year.
Saturday, 02 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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