The Health Ministry is considering introducing centralized recruitment in all AIIMS to address the shortage of faculty.

Last updated time: 19 March 2023, 17:29 IST

According to the ministry, out of 4,026 sanctioned posts, only 2,259 posts have been filled in the 18 new AIIMS (File photo)

About 44 percent of faculty posts are lying vacant in the 18 new AIIMS, while AIIMS Rajkot is the lowest with only 40 of the sanctioned 183 posts.

The Union Health Ministry is considering centralized recruitment of faculty and non-teaching staff at various AIIMS across India to address the shortage of staff in these health institutes.

Contains Dr. V.K. Paul, a committee with member NITI Aayog (Health); Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health, PMSSY; and Director, AIIMS, New Delhi was established in this regard. “Following the Central Institutional Body (CIB) meeting held at AIIMS Bhubaneswar on January 8, a committee was formed to consider strengthening the faculty and non-teaching recruitment process at various AIIMS, including introducing centralized recruitment. “, said the order published on February 28.

The ministry told the Lok Sabha last year that about 44 per cent of faculty posts in the 18 new AIIMS are vacant, while AIIMS Rajkot is the lowest with only 40 of the sanctioned 183 posts.

AIIMS Rajkot is followed by AIIMS Vijaypur and AIIMS Gorakhpur with the least number of faculties compared to the number of sanctioned posts.

The newly established All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to train MBBS students have been sanctioned by the government for appropriate faculty posts, the ministry said.

“The central recruitment system makes the process of appointment of faculties and non-faculties transparent and smooth. Moreover, it facilitates their easy transfer from one AIIMS to another. Currently, these private AIIMS recruit their own staff. It has been observed that talented doctors are reluctant to work outside their states or in hard-to-reach areas,” an official source explained.

According to the ministry, out of 4,026 sanctioned posts, only 2,259 posts have been filled in the 18 new AIIMS.

Enumerating the provisions that have contributed to the increase in the number of faculty members at the newly established AIIMS, the ministry in its reply said that a Standing Selection Committee (SSC) has been constituted at each new AIIMS to help fill up vacancies and senior posts. The age limit for direct recruitment to the posts of professor and additional professor has been increased from 50 to 58 years.

Also allowed to recruit serving faculty members from government medical colleges/institutes on deputation basis, retired faculty members from government medical colleges/institutes upto 70 years of age on contract and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders. was allowed to be appointed to the teaching position.

In addition, a visiting staff scheme was developed to enable national and international faculty members to work at the newly established AIIMS for teaching and academic purposes. Temporary faculty transfer from one department to another department was allowed on a credit basis, which could be filled on contract basis, and a one-year recruitment notification was introduced to fast-track the process of filling vacancies.

Besides AIIMS Delhi, six new AIIMS – Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Odisha (Bhubaneshwar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) – have been approved under Phase 1 of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya. Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) and is fully operational.

Of the 16 AIIMS established between 2015 and 2022, 10 institutes have started MBBS classes and outpatient services, while the remaining two have only MBBS classes. The remaining four institutes are at various stages of development.

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