PME rules: Medical, dental teachers’ association opposes amendment

Say will dent promotion chances of in-house candidates

PME rules: Medical, dental teachers’ association opposes amendment

Fearing nepotism and back door entries in recruitment, medical and dental teachers are opposing amendment in the Punjab Medical Education (PME) rules. - File photo

Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 20

Fearing nepotism and back door entries in recruitment, medical and dental teachers are opposing amendment in the Punjab Medical Education (PME) rules. Notably, the government by an amendment has allowed to fill vacancies of higher positions through direct recruitments, which will thereby indirectly dent 75 per cent promotions for in-house quota.

The medical professors association said amendments in the PME rules (2016) were not put in the public domain before issuing a notification. Moreover, stakeholders, including the Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association (PSMDTA), were never consulted before the amendments were made.

“The conditions have been made tough and promotion avenues tightened for in-house candidates whereas these have been relaxed for the direct quota,” says the association.

New rules would affect the ongoing research work, the association added. The association has demanded a two-year window for the implementation of new rules in research work.

Dr Diwan Bhullar, general secretary, PSMDTA, said, “Amendments have been done to favour ‘direct quota candidates’. The changes are ill-advised. The intentions are to adjust maximum direct quota candidates through backdoor entries.”

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