Various posts in Government Medical Colleges (GMCs), especially in new Medical Colleges of Jammu and Kashmir are not filled even though advertisements for them have been posted many times in past 2-3 years. UT administration has put aside these posts from influence of the J&K Civil Services Decentralization and Recruitment Act 2010. Consequently, it will open these posts for non-domicile candidates.
Official sources that five new Medical Colleges of J&K in Kathua, Doda, Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla have always had a shortage of Gazetted-level teaching/faculty posts which has negatively impacted teaching-learning process in these institutions and also led them to possibility of de-recognition.
Sources said that some new Medical Colleges don’t even have a single faculty in Basic Sciences i.e. Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry Departments. Other medical colleges either don’t have some posts filled on academic arrangement basis or depute doctors from Health Department.
GMC Doda has 6 Professors employed for 23 sanctioned posts and only one for 32 sanctioned posts of Associate Professors. Only 37 Assistant Professors are employed for total 49 sanctioned posts and 35 Senior Residents/Demonstrators for sanctioned strength of 78, sources said.
GMC Rajouri is also said to have more than 40 faculty posts vacant including 24 posts of Professors, 16 of Assistant Professors and 10 of Associate Professors. Health & Medical Education Department recently submitted a proposal to the Government appealing them to amend J&K Civil Services Decentralization and Recruitment Act, 2010 and permit the Department to employ non-domicile candidates on an academic arrangement basis.
General Administration Department issued a notification a while ago stating that these posts have been excluded from the operation of the Act on a condition that they have been advertised for at least once and are still unfilled. These posts will continue to remain exempt from this act till March 31, 2022.
J&K Civil Services Decentralization and Recruitment Act 2010 states that only permanent residents of J&K can be employed on district, division or State level posts. The government has now allowed appointment (on an academic arrangement basis) of non-domicile candidates on the Gazetted-level teaching posts in Government Medical Colleges of the UT to overcome shortage.