JIPMER gets national importance status

JIPMER gets national importance status

The Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, has been notified as an institute of national importance by the Ministry of Law and Justice.

The institute, functioning under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, would now be governed by a corporate body making it an autonomous institution.

The chairperson, president of the institute, would be nominated by the Union Government. The director would function as the secretary to the institute as well as the governing body.

Making a copy of the notification to the media here on Saturday Lok Sabha member M Ramadass said, “The institute would maintain a status quo, with regard to the free treatment for poor patients, fee and other charges payable by the students and the number of seats reserved for students of Puducherry.

At least 20 seats out of every 75-seat in undergraduate courses would be reserved for local applicants.

Besides, present employment conditions and remuneration would be applicable for a period of one year, during which the employees could decide whether to remain at the institute or opt for Government of India service.

JIPMER would have a separate budget and there is a scope of receiving grants up to Rs.300 crate from the Union Government. Presently, the institute receives a grant of Rs.56 crore. The vacant posts of doctors are expected to be filled as the institute need not depend on UPSC for appointments.

As many of the UPSC-appointed doctors opt for transfer to other hospitals, the posts are falling vacant at JIPMER every time.

From now on, a standing committee appointed by the’ governing body would make the selection, based on the applications received through an open advertisement for interview.

As transfers are not possible, only those desiring to serve the institute would join the institute.