SKIMS Soura may lose super-specialists in coming years

SKIMS Soura may lose super-specialists in coming years
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Admin fails to impose mandatory ‘service bond’ for non-resident PG candidates

SRINAGAR: Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura has failed to impose the compulsory ‘service bond’ for non-resident candidates selected in various postgraduate super-specialty courses through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam on an all-India seat-sharing basis.
As per Kashmir-based doctors, SKIMS Soura will lose super-specialists because there is high apprehension that the non-local doctors will escape necessary postings in the Valley after completing PG courses from the Institute.
“The callous approach of SKIMS administration may lead to a worrying trend. We will be left with only a few super specialists because outsider candidates are not bound to serve in the Institute after completing the courses,” said a local PG aspirant.
The bond system was effectively introduced in Tamil Nadu, where candidates joining courses at a medical college have to execute a bond of service for 10 years, failure to abide by which entails a penalty of Rs 2 crore.
The local SKIMS aspirant said that more than 10 candidates from outside were selected for various postgraduate DM and MCH courses in SKIMS Soura among 14 selected candidates in 2017.
“While they have completed a year in SKIMS, they are either planning to join corporate hospitals in metro cities or they appear in the selection process for specialist posts in the government sector at their native places,” the doctor said.
A senior SKIMS faculty member termed the trend as serious and said that it was a huge injustice, resulting in great disparity for Valley candidates.
“Our young doctors are losing the opportunity to undergo super-specialist training in J&K due to seat-sharing criteria under NEET,” he said.
He said the results for DM and MCH courses under NEET had been declared and counselling will start from August 1.
“While many colleges in other states have kept a service bond for the super-specialty candidates ranging from 2-10 years, SKIMS administration has decided against it,” the doctor said.
According to him, the outside colleges have kept the bond so that candidates remain bound to serve in super-specialty hospitals and medical colleges of those particular states for some years.
“In SKIMS, the salary to PG doctors is nearly Rs 1 lakh per month and the degree is for three years, which means the candidate will be given Rs 36 lakh in three years. He will get the degree and leave for his home state with no advantage to the Valley,” the doctor rued.
“This bond should have been in place in every college. But the irony is that SKIMS has said no to this rule. This means it is open to people all over India and without having any surety from the other side,” he said.
Director SKIMS Omar Javaid Shah didn’t answer the repeated calls from the Kashmir Reader office

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