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Rims lifts teacher hurdles

Ranchi, April 15: The stage has been set for the appointment of teachers at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims). Eighty posts are to be filled up in different departments from April 19.

Rims director Jagannath Prasad told The Telegraph that preparations for the interview have been completed.

An interview panel, headed by the development commissioner, has been formed. The panel also comprises the health secretary, health director, Rims director, a representative of the Scheduled Castes /Scheduled Tribes and two experts in each subject.

Jharkhand High Court today ordered Rims to appoint teachers to fill up the vacancies in four weeks.

The court directed the Rims selection committee to submit its recommendations to the Rims governing body.

The court had earlier ordered the Rims director, development commissioner and the chief secretary, who is also the chairman of the hospital?s governing board, to appear in court in person. While the chief secretary did not appear today as he was out of station, the other two appeared before court. The court again ordered the trio to appear on May 13 to explain what steps have been taken for the appointment of teachers.

?Appointments will begin on April 19 and is likely to continue for about a month. We have requested experts in various subjects from Benaras Hindu University (BHU), Calcutta University, Cuttuck and Lucknow University to be present during the interviews,? the director added.

He said a merit list will be prepared after the interview. Prasad said: ?Teachers for 18 different departments need to be appointed. Interviews will be held for the departments of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Among them, non-clinical (teaching) posts will be filled up first.? At present there are 62 teachers and we must have 142.

Sources said Rims received 1,050 applications from all over the country in response to an advertisement by the administration last year. However, the process suffered a setback as there were protests from teachers who were opposed to recruiting fresh teachers. They demanded that those serving in the RMCH should be absorbed first.

There was a stalemate over the issue for a long time as the then chief secretary Laxmi Singh, who was the chairperson of Rims,was in favour of filling up all the posts afresh. Later, P.P. Sharma, who took over as chief secretary, facilitated the absorption of all the existing teachers. Now only the remaining seats will be filled up, sources added.

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