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Appointment of principal irks doctors

Some Patna Medical College teachers are unhappy at former hospital superintendent Dr Amar Kant Jha Amar being made principal.

Jha took over on February 28, following a health department notification. Many teachers feel seniority was overlooked while appointing Jha. Not just senior teachers who were eyeing the principal’s post, even those outside the race are complaining. Some even questioned Jha’s performance as superintendent.

A senior Patna Medical College teacher who didn’t wish to be named said: “In the seniority list of 138 teachers, Jha’s position is 128th. He is one of the juniormost professors here. He became professor in 2013 a post many teachers here have held for the last 10-12 years. I see no good reason why he was made principal over so many senior teachers.”

Sources told The Telegraph that some senior teachers who are to retire in the next 2-3 months had started doing the rounds of the department with a desire to become principal. Denied the post, they are now a distraught lot.

The senior teacher said: “Head of the gynaecology department Dr Sushma Pandey and head of orthopaedic department Dr Arjun Singh were the most senior professors and deserved to be principal, but the department didn’t consider seniority. Many senior teachers are unhappy they would now have to report to a junior professor (Jha). They are very angry. I also can’t understand the health department’s decision since Jha’s performance, as superintendent, was not very good.”

A teacher with the medicine department, who too did not want to be named, said: “As superintendent, Jha had said he would reintroduce the pass system of entry after a newborn was stolen from the hospital. But it is yet to materialise despite several promises. He had also promised availability of drugs in the hospital but it is yet to happen.”

The new principal saw nothing wrong in the department decision. “Earlier, as a rule, the seniormost faculty member was preferred for the post of principal. But, nowadays, performance is preferred. My performance as superintendent was very good. Similarly, Patna civil surgeon Dr Lakhindra Prasad was made PMCH superintendent. No civil surgeon has been appointed to the post for years now. But Prasad got the chance because of his good performance,” Jha said.


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