Chandigarh, Apr 9 (UNI) The Punjab Government today initiated steps to fill the vacant faculty posts in all government-run medical and dental colleges in the state to meet the chronic shortage of teaching staff.
Disclosing this here today, after reviewing the situation in two marathon meetings held here last night and today, Medical Education and Research Minister Tikshan Sud said the State Government had sent requisition to the Punjab Public Service Commission, Patiala, to fill 104 faculty posts of various levels under direct quota.
He said that immediately on taking reins of the department the government had decided to raise the retirement age of teaching faculty from 58 to 60 years.
Focusing on retention of the present faculty, Mr Sud said the Departmental Promotion Committee had promoted 28 persons in one go, checking the long standing stagnation and 'frustration' in the faculty.
He informed that the eight more promotion orders were in the offing and meeting of the 3rd Departmental Promotion Committee would be held during this month to promote all the 21 deserving faculty members.
The Minister said that he had also invited all retired faculty to join State Government Medical Institutions.
Medical Education&Research Secretary Jagjit Puri informed in the meeting that to fulfil the assurance of Minister in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in the last Budget Session, the department had taken novel steps to rationalise the strength of faculty in all institutions so that students of any institution were not neglected.
He said that as per rationalization policy approved by Minister, all faculty members who have a longer stay would be shifted to other institutions against vacancies.
The department has invited applications from Medical Officers for their appointment has Senior Lecturers.
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