BAHAWALPUR: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has asked the Quaid-i-Azam Medical College (QAMC) administration to fill the teacher’s vacancies before it is inspected again.
It was learnt that the council regretted no increase in strength of the teaching staff by the government since its establishment decades ago and conveyed its displeasure to the college authorities.
The college has been directed to hire teaching staff in accordance with the requirements of the PMDC.there are currently four posts of professors and eight of assistant professors lying vacant.
QAMC Principal Prof Dr Haroon Khursheed Pasha who is away presently on ex-Pakistan leave and the . Officiating principal is Prof Dr Ijlal Haider Rizvi confirmed that PMDC had asked them to fill vacant posts of teachers. He also confirmed the council planned to inspect the institution for which the college administration had replied with a request to fix an appropriate date for the visit.
Regarding shortage of staff, he said the PMDC had been told that the Punjab government was asked time and again to complete the strength of the teaching staff in the college.
He claimed that staff on the basic sides was complete, however on the clinical side the college faced shortage. Prof Rizvi added that promotion and upgrading of several staff members were also in the pipeline.
Since its establishment in 1971, the Punjab government had failed to complete the strength of the teaching faculty at QAMC as a result of which outgoing medical graduates suffered and were forced to complete their studies without qualified and experienced senior medical teachers.
It seemed the situation had aggravated to such an extent that the PMDC had to intervene.