Srinagar: Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar is yet to come up with a policy to scrutinize credentials of in-service candidates for their promotion to technical posts.
In February, Principal GMC Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid has said that they are working out a mechanism to screen degrees and diplomas of non-technical employees who are seeking promotion to technical posts. However, seven months have passed no policy has been devised so far as the officials continue to adopt the age-old policy for such promotions.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that nearly 10 to 12 employees of GMC Srinagar and associated hospitals apply for promotions in different positions every month. They submit paramedical diploma and degree certificates obtained from unrecognised out-of-state institutes and easily get promotions on the basis of the same.
“There is no mechanism to ascertain the veracity of the certificates and the institutes’ recognition because GMC Srinagar doesn’t have academic council for the purpose,” said a senior GMC doctor. “Promotions against dubious diplomas and degrees are easy under such circumstances.”
He said it also had a direct bearing on patient care as this amounts to grave negligence as the employees promoted on the basis of dubious degrees do not know the basics of the field.
As per official figures, 891 paramedic posts are vacant in GMC Srinagar and associated hospitals as only 1,120 persons are presently working against 2,011 sanctioned posts.
“The official said that nearly 435 paramedics are working under academic arrangement basis and 363 posts are still pending selection with the J&K Services Selection Board,” it said.
The source said that huge vacancy gives a good chance to non-technical employees to get promotions using dubious certificates.
Presently, the GMC Administrator checks all the degree certificates of employees who sought internal promotion to various posts.
“In absence of the foolproof mechanism, GMC administrator seeks confirmation and clarification from the respective institutions,” said an official.
The principal of GMC Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid said that she had constituted a Departmental Promotion Committee to have a final scrutiny of degrees of those candidates who have been cleared by our Administrator and personnel section officials,” she said.
“J&K Paramedical Council also helps us to check the credentials as they are in touch with all the institutions in J&K and outside,” Dr Rashid said.
However, she admitted that no fresh mechanism had been devised.
“I think we are doing enough to clarify things. If there is any specific complaint or suggestion you are welcome,” the principal told Kashmir Reader.