AHMEDABAD Dt 29: Doctors have proved to be frontline warriors during the Koro epidemic. However, the next batch of undergraduates ready for admission in MBBS is facing a significant shortage of teachers who can teach about human body and medicine. According to available information, 90% of the posts of professors and assistant professors are vacant in 6 medical colleges in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar. 90% of the vacancies are translated not only for brilliant medical students but also for about 500 post-graduate seats for state students, as PG seats are given to them based on their seniority and teaching experience. The post is vacant as the departmental promotion committee has not been found for the last one decade. This has hampered the promotion of teachers to senior posts when the government is not getting medical teachers who come on an 11-month contract, a medical academician said. A total of eight Gujarat Medical Education Research Society societies in Sola, Gotri, Valsad, Himmatnagar, Patan, Junagadh and Vadnagar, which are trust-run medical colleges, are also lacking medical teaching faculty. According to sources, even though students here are spending Rs 3 lakh to 5 lakh a year for medical education, there are still about 50% vacancies. Health Commissioner Jayaprakash Shivahare said the vacant post for medical teachers was the biggest problem.
However we are in the process of holding DPC meeting and recruitment through GPSC as well as walk-in interview. Our priority is to fill the vacancy within the next 6 months. GMERS CEO Dr. Ajesh Desai said that 40 to 5 per cent posts are vacant for medical teaching. According to sources, the Medical Council of India is refusing to hire senior private doctors as they can only teach for 3 to 4 hours. They cannot stay from 7 am to 6 pm.