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Re-appointing N.N. Agrawal as director RIMS Ranchi

Ranchi, Feb. 26:
That is how a doctor of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) described the course of events of re-appointing N.N. Agrawal its director after a couple of years.

Wing commander (retired) N.N. Agrawal, whose appointment as director of the premier health institute was notified on Saturday, was appointed by the government after a proper interview process two years ago. He assumed the office on February 28, 2004, but stayed only for two days after which he left on a ?long leave?.

The post of director has always remained jinxed in RIMS. After the creation of RIMS on August 15, 2002, the then principal of Rajendra Medical College and Hospital, late K.P. Srivastava, was made the acting director for one month.

Although an advertisement was brought out for the permanent director, the RIMS governing body could not appoint anyone and Srivastava had continued as acting director for 15 months till he died.

Later, following the intervention of the high court, the governing body appointed Agrawal as the director on February 28, 2004. The government later terminated his appointment, as he had not resigned from the defence forces.

Agrawal has always maintained that he was forced to join the institute by senior state government officials quoting the high court order for appointment of a permanent director by February 28, 2004. He had, in fact, challenged the state government?s decision in the high court to remove him from the post.

?This time, we hope that everything will be smooth. Had the government not acted in haste last time, RIMS would not have seen the state of uncertainty for the past two years because of absence of a permanent director,? said a senior RIMS doctor.

After Agrawal?s removal, the RIMS governing body then appointed Alok Kumar Dubey, next man on the panel, as the director.

During Dubey?s stint as director, the institute started showing signs of improvement. Not only was he able to enforce discipline in RIMS, but also he successfully solved the problems of employees, teachers and students. He started an evening out patient department in the hospital to improve patient care.

Dubey, however, also stayed for a few months only and resigned in November 2004. After his resignation, the governing body advertised for the post again as there was no other person in the panel who could be made the next permanent director. As many as 22 persons were shortlisted for the top post this time.

A graduate from the Armed Forces Medical College (Pune), Agrawal possesses many postgraduate degrees. Agrawal, who has been asked to join RIMS by March 10, had served in Armed Forces Hospital, Halwara.


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