Punjab provincial selection board I meeting in Lahore – Criteria for doctors regularization formed

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Punjab provincial selection board I  meeting in Lahore – Criteria for doctors regularization formed

Lahore (Friday, November 16, 2012) – Punjab provincial selection board I on Friday finally paved the way for the regularisation of 88 senior-most doctors working on a contract basis for long by approving criteria of their eligibility (for recruitment).

The doctors of the rank of assistant professors to professors were hired by the selection boards of autonomous medical colleges and the approval of the criteria of eligibility was stated to be a major step towards the regularization of their services.

The process of their formal induction as regular staff would start after the final approval of the criteria by the competent authority (the chief minister), sources in-formed Dawn after the meeting. They declared the approval a landmark decision that would finally resolve a longstanding issue related to 88 senior doctors in the province.

The doctors were engaged on a contract basis in 2004 and they had started seeking regularization of their services soon after.

Promotion of 150 associate professors

Earlier, the board which met under Chief Secretary Nasir Khosa cleared the promotion of 150 associate professors to the rank of professor (BS-20). The male and female associate professors are the employees of the Punjab Higher Education Department and are serving in various provincial colleges.The promotion of these associate professors was also an outstanding issue for which they had been waging a struggle.

The Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association too had been quite active in getting the issue resolved and had recently threatened to give a province-wise strike call if the government failed to do the needful without any further delay.

Sources said that in view of the pressure from PSS officers, the PSB also cleared for regular promotion to BS-20 the case of an officer of the same group, Mr Amir Zameer.

It recommended the promotion of another PSS officer Farooq Hameed to BS-20 on officiating basis.

(Published in Daily “Dawn” on 17/11/2012)

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