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Sunday, September 15, 2013

AIIMS faculty to boycott convocation

The Faculty at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has decided to “boycott the convocation of the Institute” scheduled for Thursday and has written to AIIMS director Dr. R. C. Deka informing him of their decision.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad is scheduled to preside over the convocation for which World Health Organisation Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan has been invited to deliver the 41st convocation address. The convocation will be held at the Institute’s Jawaharlal Auditorium.

Accusing the Institute administration of having a callous attitude towards the various complaints of the senior faculty and of undeserved humiliation being heaped on their colleagues, the Faculty Association of the Institute has decided to “follow a policy of non-cooperation until these issues are resolved satisfactorily”.

In their letter to the AIIMS Director, the faculty members have noted that “despite our repeated requests the AIIMS administration is yet to call a governing body meeting to review the case of our 19 colleagues whose promotions under the assessment promotion scheme have been withheld this year”.

“The denial of promotion to 10-15 per cent of the faculty during every assessment promotion scheme has led to demoralisation and despondency at AIIMS, adversely affecting its functioning,” said a senior faculty member.

He added that in view of the “undeserved humiliation of our colleagues again this year, and the callous attitude of the AIIMS administration, FAIIMS had adopted a general body resolution on July 25 and a copy of this has been submitted to the Institute Director”.

As per the resolution, the FAIIMS has taken a decision to “boycott official and social functions and the forthcoming convocation until this issue is resolved satisfactorily”.

“The AIIMS administration has unfortunately not made any effort or taken any steps to resolve the issue so we are forced to stay non-cooperative with the Institute administration,” added a senior faculty.

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