Now, graft in appointments of teaching staff at BIMS

Norms violated, Member Secretary of selection panel tells Government

The Finance Officer and Member Secretary of the selection committee of BIMS have written to the government on the flagrant violation of guidelines in appointments. Health and Family Welfare Department Additional Secretary S Anis Siraj has already submitted an inquiry report.

Documents in possession of Deccan Herald show that rules have been thrown into winds in appointment of 14 teaching staff to the institution. The appointments have been indicted on several grounds - lack of information on roster/reservation of posts in the vacancy notification, appointment of candidates who have not attended the interview, selection of candidates on caste and other grounds after the completion of the entire process etc. It has also come to light that recruitment rules have not been formulated before beginning the selections.

The interview for recruitment of professor and assistant professor was held on December 3, 2008. According to the report by the Finance Officer, the interview was conducted in the absence of two important members of the selection committee - vice chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and director of Medical Education Department.

While the evaluation sheet of the candidates bears the signatures of chairman and secretary of the selection committee, the final selection list is signed by principal only. All the vacancies required teaching experience for candidates. The report of the Finance Officer states that salary cannot be released to the new recruits as the selections have been made in violation of Medical Council of India guidelines.

Shrouded in mystery

The selection of S T Kalasada as Professor of Medicine is also shrouded in mystery. It has been entered in the evaluation records that two candidates who appeared for the interview for the said post did not possess requisite educational qualification. The report, however, has expressed surprise over the selection. In addition, the name of the same candidate also appears as professor for ENT Department also.

On the other hand, the name of Dr Satish Bagewadi found in evaluation records was missing in the selection list.

The principal, in his statement before the inquiry officer had stated that five additional candidates were selected to meet the criteria set by Medical Council of India. However, it was found that none of them attended the interview while their appointment orders attribute the selection pursuant to their interview on December 3. The principal, in his written submission has stated that the original documents relating to appointments were not available as they had been forwarded to the government for approval, which has given rise for further suspicion.

The Finance Officer in his report has raised objection to appointment of candidates who have availed voluntary retirement.

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