By: Ibni Maqbool
Srinagar: A sub-committee set-up the Centre has shortlisted medicos for selection to the post of executive director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Awantipora.
Documents in possession of The Precious Kashmir reveal that 112 doctors have been shortlisted for interview by the sub-committee of the search-cum-selection committees for selection to the post of executive director each at AllMS Awantipora, AIIMS Bhopal, AIIMS Bhubaneswar, AIIMS Patna, AIIMS Rishikesh, AIIMS Guwahati and AIIMS Darbhanga.
Those figuring in the list include Dr. A.G. Ahangar (Director, SKIMS), Dr. Riyaz Ahmad Untoo (former Principal, SKIMS medical college), Dr. Showkat Ahmad (former Principal, GMC Anantnag), Dr. Abdul Hameed (former Principal, GMC Baramulla) and Prof. (Dr.) Showkat Ahmad Kadla (professor & head, department of Gastroenterology, GMC, Srinagar) and Dr. Zahid Gillani (professor & head, department of pharmacology, Government Medical College, Rajouri).
The shortlisted candidates would now be called for interview/personal talk by the search-cum-selection committee.
As already reported, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had earlier this year set the ball for appointment of executive director in these institutions.
In April this year, the Ministry had invited applications from the citizens of India including non-resident Indians and persons of Indian origin for filling up the post of executive director on deputation/short-term contract/ contract basis. “The appointment on deputation/short term contract/contract basis will be for three years which can be extended up to five years or up to attaining the age of 70 years or until further orders, whichever is the earliest,” read the advertisement notice.
The executive director will act as chief executive Officer (CEO) of the respective institutions. The post will be operated at the respective institution. In 2015, the Centre announced the setting up of AIIMS-like institutions in Kashmir and Jammu. Both these projects are part of Rs 80068 crore financial package announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 7, 2015 for infrastructure building in J&K.
In 2019, the Union Cabinet approved AIIMS Kashmir with an estimated cost of Rs 1828 crore.