Srinagar: Faced with a challenge to avoid de-affiliation of around 150 additional seats in two government-run medical colleges for want of teaching staff, the state administration on Monday reduced the eligibility criteria for nine years for a doctor to become a professor.
“To immediately satisfy the MCI norms, approval has been accorded to reduce the number of years required for the upward movement to the level of Professor from nine to seven years,” an official spokesman said here.
According to the amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Medical Education (Gazetted) Service Recruitment Rules, 1979, the minimum teaching and research experience required for faculty members of medical college for the post of Professor is as follows:
Associate Professor in the concerned subject for three years in the GMC Srinagar or Jammu; 4 research papers accepted or published in indexed or national journal as first or second author on cumulative basis.
Out of these 4 research publications, the amendments provide that a minimum of 2 research publications must be published during the candidate’s tenure as the Associate Professor.
For the Post of Associate Professor, the requisite qualification is: Assistant Professor in the concerned subject for 2 years in the Govt. Medical College Srinagar / Jammu; 2 research papers accepted/published in an indexed/national journal as first/second author during the candidate’s tenure as Assistant Professor.
For the Post of Assistant Professor, the requisite qualification is: Lecturer in the concerned subject for 2 years in the GMC Srinagar or Jammu; one research paper accepted or published in an indexed or national journal as first or second author during the candidate’s tenure as Lecturer.
Before 2012, a doctor with 13 years of service was eligible to appointed as professor. In December 2012, the government had carried the amendment, reducing the eligibility to 9 years.
The MCI had pointed out deficiencies regarding the minimum teaching and research experience required for promotion of the faculty members and pointed out that the deviations should be met at the earliest possible to avoid de-affiliation of the additional 100-150 seats in GMC, Jammu and Srinagar.
In 2013, the seats were increased from 100 to 150 in Government Medical Colleges (GMC) in Jammu and Srinagar.
Same year, an inspection team of the MCI visited the state for assessment of physical and other teaching facilities and found some deficiencies in faculty and teaching infrastructure.
However, the executive committee of the council last year considered the compliance report by State Health Secretary and assessors’ report and recommended the renewal of permission for admission against the increased seats for the third batch of MBBS to the government of India.