Friday, February 7, 2014

Faculty in Medical Colleges

Data related to vacancy of faculty posts in Medical Colleges across the country is not maintained by the Central Government. However, according to the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (NCMH-2005), a sizable portion of the existing number of Specialists graduating in a given year is not available for teaching purpose. 

At present there are 24,196 seats available in the Post Graduate (PG) courses which have been considered to be inadequate to cater to the demand of qualified faculty in the medical institutions of the country. In order to meet the shortage of faculty the Central Government has approved a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to fund the State Government/UT Administration medical colleges for starting new PG disciplines and increasing PG seats during XI plan with a Central Outlay of Rs.1350 crores with the fund sharing ratio between the Central Government and State/UT to the tune of 75:25. 

The Supreme Court of India in the judgment given in Review Petition (Civil) Nos. 1799 – 1800 of 2013 in Civil Appeal No. 4500 & 5119 of 2002 has clarified that it is for the Central Government to take a decision as to whether there should be a reservation for super specialty posts. As per the available information presently AIIMS is extending reservation to reserved categories in appointment to faculty posts in specialty and super-specialty as per the prescribed guidelines/norms. 

This was stated by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today. 

SOurce : PIB
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