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AIIMS resident doctors demand quota


New Delhi : A group of doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here have demanded 50 percent reservation for scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other backward class candidates in the recruitment of senior resident doctors in the hospital.

"This year, AIIMS had advertised for 106 senior resident doctor posts. After the written test, 84 reserved category students qualified but only 24 were given appointment," Kapil Yadav, a doctor at the department of preventive medicine told IANS.

"The list of selected candidates should be cancelled with immediate effect and 50 percent of the 106 seats be filled by scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other backward class candidates as per their scores in the written exam," he said.

Yadav said that they have given a memorandum to the deputy director (administration) of AIIMS and appealed that those reserved category candidates who are selected on merit should not be counted against the reserved seats.

Senior faculty members added that the post of senior resident doctor was a paid one and the experience gathered from here helped the doctors bag better jobs any where in the country.

"It's a three year tenure job. The teaching experience here is huge bonus for getting a permanent job afterwards. Therefore, such biased decision is taken by some senior functionaries on the basis of caste," said a senior faculty member.

"The result of this travesty has been that out of a total strength of 401 posts of senior residency only 56 (till September 2006) were occupied by reserved category candidates as against the required figure of 200 seats as per law," he said.