Medical colleges facing shortage of teachers
LARKANA, Oct 22: An inordinate delay in recruitment of faculty members
and promotions through the departmental promotion committees (DPCs) is casting
negative impact on educational activities in Chandka Medical College (CMC),
Larkana, Nawabshah Medical College (NMC) and Ghulam Mohammed Mahar Medical
College (GMMMC) in Sukkur.
About a couple of months ago, the principals
of these colleges held a marathon meeting with the secretary health and
discussed the shortage of teaching staff at the colleges.
this correspondent that in the meeting, a huge exercise of preparing a
comprehensive list for the purpose was carried out.
And that very list,
after the three principals deliberated and compiled, was dispatched to the Sindh
health minister in August 2007.
According to the information, 113 seats
of professors, associate professors, assistant professors and senior registrars
are to be advertised and filled through the Sindh Public Service Commission
(SPSC) for the subjects of anatomy, physiology, bio-chemistry, pathology
ophthalmology, anaesthesiology, histopathology, chemical pathology,
microbiology, haematology, radiology, nephrology, cardiology, orthopaedics, ENT
etc. in three medical colleges.
The sources said that a tussle between
the Sindh governor and the chief minister over the affairs of the SPSC was main
impediment in surrendering the seats for recruiting and subsequently filling 113
seats of professors, associate professors, assistant professors and senior
registrars to be posted in the medical colleges in the interior of
But the SPSC has not advertised for the posts since then, as the
Sindh government has not surrendered such seats with it, the sources said. A
combined advertisement was badly needed to overcome the situation, they
Another issue is the promotion of teachers. The DPC-I, which was
headed by Sindh chief minister, had not held its meeting to consider the
promotion cases from grade 19 to 20 (associate to professor).
faculty members are eligible to be promoted in surgery, medicine, paediatrics,
obstetrics, paediatrics' surgery etc. from the rank of associate professor to
professor and most of them are working on regular basis, the sources
This would open window for others to be elevated in one step
Similarly, the DPC-II, which the chief secretary of Sindh
heads, had not met since long to take up the cases of 11 assistant professors
working in grade 18 in the departments of pharmacology, neuro-surgery, forensic
medicine, medicine, bio-chemistry, pathology etc. in the three medical colleges.
They all are eligible and working on regular basis in CMC Larkana, NMC Nawabshah
and GMMMC Sukkur.
At present three senior registrars working in ENT and
radiology departments of CMC and NMC were awaiting promotion through DPC. Dawn