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Dr Savita Malhotra appointed Dean of PGI Chandigarh

New Delhi: Dr Savita Malhotra, head of the psychiatry department, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh has been appointed new dean of the institute, by the governing body which was chaired by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan here on Wednesday. Dr Malhotra succeeds Dr Amod Gupta. Dr Subash Varma, head of the internal medicine department, was appointed as sub-dean.

Dr Savita Malhotra
Dr Savita Malhotra

Dr Savita Malhotra told India Medical Times, “According to the procedure, the senior most faculty of the college is chosen for the post of dean. So, being the senior most, I was appointed as the dean. At present, I have no such plans listed as what would I do after assuming the charge as I am still travelling. But I shall soon prepare a priority work plan.”

Dr Malhotra has been associated with PGI Chandigarh since 1974, when she joined the institute as a junior resident after passing MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.

The PGIMER governing body meeting was also attended by Dr Jagdish Prasad, director general of health services (DGHS); and Dr Yogesh Chawla, director, PGIMER, among others. The body also approved the promotions of 150 faculty members of the institute approved by the selection committee but it did not include the 17 faculty members who had approached the court.

by Vidhi Rathee

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