As many as 543 out of 2,210 sanctioned posts under DME have not been filled in Kerala revealed an RTI.
As per the RTI data, a major chunk of the vacancies belongs to entry cadre. Of the 543 vacancies, 470 vacancies are of assistant professors and lecturers. Besides, posts of 42 professors (out of 271 sanctioned), 31 associate professors (out of 341) and seven principal posts (out of nine) are lying vacant.
As per an RTI data in 2012, the vacancies under DME had been 322 of which seven were professors and other vacant posts are - associate professor (56) and assistant professors/senior lecturers (259).
The Kerala Medical Postgraduates Association (KMPGA) has urged the government to rectify the issues related with the recruitment of teachers.
“The government should take urgent steps to report the vacancies to PSC,” said Dr Antony Stanley, KMPGA secretary. Joint DME, K Sreekumari told Express that the Health and Family Welfare Department has already reported the vacancies to the government and vacancies would be filled soon. “It is learnt that the Health Secretary has spoken to the Health Minister and met PSC chairman as part of expediting the process,” she said.
According to Dr C P Vijayan, president of the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association (KGMCTA), the situation is highly alarming.
“Apart from the workload of existing doctors, the lack of adequate teachers would gravely affect the quality of medical education. It will eventually affect the training and, hence, the competency of medical students when teaching is compromised. When patient care became satisfactory after the implementation of residency system, government turned a blind eye towards the teaching sector,” Vijayan said, reported New Indian Express.