J&K Government. Dilution of the Autonomy of Medical Schools: Physician Body

The move for officials to oversee management of medical schools only in UT marginalizes directors and deans of GMCs, the faculty board says

The local Kashmir Valley Doctors’ Association was in uproar on Monday against the Union Territory administration’s move to water down the autonomy of state medical colleges (GMCs), curtail the powers of school principals and delegate more powers to bureaucrats, in “first such precedent” in the country. J&K’s Department of Health and Medical Education has proposed empowering administrators, personal servants, and administrative officers from the bureaucracy to deal with matters affecting state medical school staff, annual performance reports, departmental inquiries, vigilance cases, public grievances, service records, and outsourcing concern , budget and planning matters. It also proposes to oversee the chairs of surveying boards, local purchasing committees, the training of unofficially designated staff, all matters related to staff and student housing, dormitories, and others.

hierarchical channel

“The hierarchical channel, the pyramid for the Government Medical College, Jammu and Srinagar, for examining and forwarding the files and transmitting the information to the administrative departments and concerned bodies are administrative officials, except for policy decisions to be made by the relevant director. “, says the government proposal. The Medical Faculty Association (MFA), a group of senior doctors from Srinagar’s state medical and dental colleges, called the move a “clear violation of the rights and jurisdiction of the executive branch of the medical institutions.” , said: “The association firmly believes that the draft amounts to a demotion of the chair of the directors and deans of the GMCs.” the National Medical Commission and the University Grants Commission. “The proposal goes against the best interests of the patient. c are because the nuances of healthcare and medical education can be better understood by an administrative manager with a medical background. It is likely that the recognition of the courses will be affected at all levels,” the association warned. The doctors called the proposal “demoralizing for faculty members” and said they would not mind if the rule were part of a national system applicable to all of these institutions. “Such an example is not available from any medical facility in any of the States or the Union Territories.”

tension on campus

The proposal has sparked unease on the Srinagar campus, with many senior doctors taking to social media to express their displeasure. “Disempowering senior faculty members at the peak of their careers is now becoming a new norm. I don’t understand how officers from the lower ranks in the hierarchy are going to govern us. Will vice chancellor of any university or principal of any engineering school listen to any non-technical administrator of lower rank? Why this duplicity? They are pushing us against the wall,” wrote Dr. Irfan Ahmad, Consultant Cardiologist at GMC, Srinagar, on Facebook. The bureaucracy’s sweeping powers come months after two FIRs were filed against medical students from local colleges in Srinagar for allegedly raising pro-Pakistani slogans after the neighboring country won a cricket match against India. At the time, the police action met with resistance from the school administration and staff.

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