Row over dean appointments: Doctor moves High Court

Days after Newsline reported the row over the appointment of Sion Hospital dean, a writ petition has been filed in Bombay High Court regarding the same.

Head of the Forensic Medicine department at Nair Hospital, Dr Shailesh Mohite, filed the petition challenging the selection clauses put in place by the Maharashtra Public Services Commission (MPSC) in the appointment of deans at Sion and Nair hospitals.

"These clauses are ridiculous. For instance, it makes 32-year experience as associate professor as an eligibility requirement. It is practically impossible as a student can become an associate professor only by the age of 32 years. Another 32 years of work experience would mean that the person is 64 years, well over the retirement age," Mohite said.

A Nagpada-based NGO recently wrote to the state minorities commission indicating that Dr Suleman Merchant, the current dean of Sion Hospital, who was in the running for the permanent post of dean, was being 'victimised' and 'harassed'. The minorities commission in turn wrote protest letters to health minister Suresh Shetty and BMC commissioner.

"The process of selection is a combination of experience and qualification, hence certian clauses are required. The selection process is transparent and we put up details of candidates and eligibility criteria on our website," said MPSC chairman Sudhir Thakre.

The appointment of Dr Sandhya Kamat as dean at KEM hospital was challenged a few weeks ago. Corporators claimed she was arbitrarily appointed and was not the senior-most candidate for the post. Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said her appointment was temporary.

PIL against MPSC

A PIL was filed in Bombay High Court earlier this month claiming that MPSC has appointed men on posts of town planners allegedly reserved for women. The PIL claimed that MPSC 'misused powers by recruiting wrong persons in women and sports categories'. The PIL also alleged that 20 posts were filled through interviews though the ad for the same said the selection would be only through a written test.

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