AIIMS-Patna dean Dr P.N. Singh would bid adieu to the premier institution this month, creating a void in the health facility struggling to meet the December deadline to be completely operational.
Dr Singh, also heading the physiology department, had joined AIIMS-Patna on deputation for two years. After his stint gets over on August 20, he would return to Aligarh Muslim University to head the physiology department.
The institution would be functioning without a dean for some time now because its administration failed to initiate the process to find Dr Singh’s replacement on time. According to the norm, the institute’s director is supposed to send a recommendation to the President for recruiting a senior professor of the institute in the dean’s post. According to sources, the AIIMS-Patna director has not initiated the process.
Director Dr G.K. Singh said he had not initiated the process of finding a replacement for the dean and attributed the delay to responsibilities assigned to AIIMS-Patna. “We had to recruit the faculty members of other six AIIMS between December 2011 and July 2013. Around 6,600 people applied for various posts and finally 546 were recruited. We were really burdened with work. I shall send a recommendation to the President for the dean’s post soon,” he said.
The director said Dr Singh’s departure would be a big loss for the institution because he was instrumental in getting various important assignments done on time. He played a key role in designing the curriculum of the institute according to the Medical Council of India’s guidelines. He also looked after the admission procedure of students and recruitment of faculty members.
The director said: “Dr Singh will be leaving at a time when we are running against the time to meet the December deadline set by the Union health ministry to start the hospital services completely.”
Repeated attempts to contact Dr Singh went in vain.
Sources said after the departure of Dr Singh, the physiology department would not have any professor. The department has an additional professor in Dr Ramji Singh.