Shortlisting Candidates for AIIMS Director: A Critical Decision
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi is on the verge of selecting its next director, a decision that holds immense importance for one of India’s premier medical institutions.
Union Health Minister-Headed Institute Body Gives Nod
The Institute Body, led by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, has given its approval to the three shortlisted candidates for the coveted AIIMS director position. Dr. Nikhil Tandon, Dr. Rajesh Malhotra, and Dr. Pramod Garg, distinguished doctors in their respective fields, have been nominated for the role.
Search-Cum-Selection Committee’s Role
The selection process, headed by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, includes other eminent members such as Rajesh S Gokhale, K Vijay Raghavan, and Yogesh Singh. Their task was to carefully evaluate and shortlist the most suitable candidates for this crucial position.
Dr. Randeep Guleria’s Extended Tenure
Dr. Randeep Guleria, the current director of AIIMS New Delhi, saw his tenure extended by three months as this selection process unfolds. He has been serving in this role since March 28, 2017, and the extension will provide stability during the transition.
Competitive Pool of Candidates
The position of AIIMS director garnered significant interest, with 32 candidates applying for the role, including 13 doctors from within AIIMS and notable figures like ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava.
The approval by the Institute Body marks a crucial step in this process. The final decision now rests with the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In conclusion, the selection of the AIIMS director is a significant decision that will shape the future of this prestigious institution. Dr. Nikhil Tandon, Dr. Rajesh Malhotra, and Dr. Pramod Garg are the top contenders, and the nation awaits the final decision by the ACC.