SRINAGAR: Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA), Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu has strongly opposed the J&K Government’s recent order for appointment of faculty members in medical and dental colleges of the Union Territory.
Addressing a press conference at GMC Srinagar president of the Association Dr Junaid other day said that they condemn the recent Government order which states that 75% of the marks for selection in various disciplines for registrars and faculties posts will be based upon MBBS marks only.
“A recent government order with regards to selection of Registrars and faculty on academic arrangement basis seems to have been issued without any due consideration to the effect it would have on doctors who have trained from national medical colleges across the country. The order upon even superficial inspection is very unjust and discriminatory towards the doctors who have made it to the national medical colleges of the different states of India by qualifying the highest level of competitive state and national examinations including erstwhile JKCET or existing NEET UG,” he said.
“The order reads that for Registrar/ Demonstrator appointments in various disciplines .75% of the marks will be decided based on MBBS marks only. It is worthwhile to mention that there exists a gross disparity in the paper evaluation system between national medical colleges and foreign medical colleges. Nevertheless, there is a grading system in place in some foreign medical colleges and most of the foreign medical colleges have set different cutoffs for passing their students in contrast to what we have in national medical colleges. So subjecting marks percentages from different evaluation systems to compete under a single umbrella will create an unjust system and unethical platform for future recruitments of Registrars,” he said.
“The repercussions unequivocally would be quite alarming and the genuine competitors would be sidelined even without taking part in competition,” Dr Junaid said.
The new order in first place should be revoked and in case it is implemented there has to be an unambiguous equivalence to this scoring system to equate the marks or percentage of MBBS, rather we endorse a true competitive examination in the form of MCQs, to be put in place for these posts. So that candidates are selected on the basis of pure merit, only to further strengthen our healthcare system, he said.
“We implore upon the Government of union territory of J&K and its policy making bodies to reconsider the decision and revoke the unjust order. This is an order with massive consequences and need to be treated and addressed with utmost care and consideration,” he said—(KNO)