January 01, 2008

AP doctors to get Rs 1 lakh to teach

Faced with the embarrassing situation of having medical colleges full of students but no faculty to teach, the state government has finally decided to act. It now intends to offer professors a salary of Rs 1 lakh a month to lure them to the classroom.

Finance minister K Rosaiah has accorded approval to the proposal put forth by the medical, health and family health department to hire professors with high salaries in government medical colleges at Kadapa, Ongole and Srikakulam. Apart from professors, associate and assistant professors are also to be recruited with appropriate hike in salaries, the quantum of which is still being worked out. At present, the professors are paid a monthly salary of Rs 35,000 as per the University Grants Commission (UGC) scales. In order to give them a salary three times that amount, the state has decided to make these colleges autonomous. The new recruitments are likely to be made to these institutions from the academic year 2008-09.

But all professors recruited under the scheme would be hired only on contract. “It will be on contract and without any pension benefits. Under the autonomous system, the college can hire the services of any experienced professional,” a source in the department said.

At present, there are 220 vacancies for professors in the various medical colleges in the state out of a sanctioned strength of 687 posts. There are around 100 vacancies at the associate professor level and 362 vacancies at the assistant professor level as per a notification issued in November 2007.

But it was not exactly the shortage of teaching staff that made the government act. According to sources, the state woke up after the Medical Council of India (MCI) threatened to de-recognise the colleges due to lack of faculty and infrastructure. The MCI has already de-recognised the government medical college in Anantapur due to lack of infrastructure and faculty. Consequently, admissions have stood suspended since the academic year 2003-04. The Anantapur college was set up in 2000.

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