| Unani Medical College and Hospital in Patna. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
The health department started walk-in interviews last week to recruit faculty members on contract at ayurvedic and unani government medical colleges.
R.P. Ojha, additional secretary-cum-spokesperson, health, said: “The department has initiated the process of filling vacancies at Government Tibbi College, Patna, Government RBTS Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur, Government Ayurvedic College, Patna, and Government Ayurvedic College, Begusarai. They would be recruited on contract. Walk-in-interviews for the process started at State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Sheikhpura, from Thursday.”
The process will continue till January 23.
Twenty posts each are vacant at Government Tibbi College and Government RBTS Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur. Government Ayurvedic College, Patna, and Government Ayurvedic College, Begusarai, have 32 vacancies among them, Ojha said.
Sources said these posts have been vacant for around five years. Ojha said: “The department aims to provide standardised and quality services to the people. This recruitment drive is a part of our dream.”
The existing faculty members, however, emphasised on the need to upgrade the infrastructure at the health hubs too. A faculty member at Government Ayurvedic College, Patna, said: “The government ayurvedic and unani colleges are grappling with several problems. The institutions do not have the basic infrastructure. People hardly visit the hospitals too because of the poor infrastructure. Apart from recruiting teachers for the colleges, the department should also take initiatives to upgrade the infrastructure of the institutions as well as hospitals.”
This is not the first time the government is promising to boost facilities at the ayurvedic and unani colleges. Sources lamented that none of the earlier promises have been delivered. “Former health minister Nand Kishore Yadav (during NDA-I) had announced that the department would set up research centres in the ayurvedic colleges. It never saw the light of day,” said a source.
Apart from the ayurvedic and unani colleges, the department has also decided to fill vacancies at the government medical colleges and hospitals. A health department officer said close to 2,010 posts of general doctors and 600 specialists in different disciplines, including surgery, paediatrics and anaesthesia would be recruited for the district hospitals.