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Panel to meet on January 6 to shortlist names for AIIMS director’s post

New Delhi: A five-member search-cum-selection committee, constituted to shortlist names for the AIIMS director’s post, is expected to meet here on January 6. A total of 53 candidates have applied for the post of director of AIIMS, New Delhi.

“The Health and Family Welfare Secretary, the chairman of the search-cum-selection committee, will hold the meeting on January 6 at 11 a.m. in his chamber at Nirman Bhawan,” read a communiqué sent to the director of AIIMS by Ministry of Health director Rabindra Prasad.

Other members of the panel are R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to Prime Minister; Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary in the Department of Health Research; Dr Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services (DGHS); and Yogesh Tyagi, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, reports The Hindu.

“Members of the new search-cum-selection committee will shortlist a few names, which will then have to be approved by the institute body before being sent to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by the Prime Minister for final approval,” said a senior AIIMS official.

All the three main contenders for the top post are from AIIMS, New Delhi and include Dr V K Paul, Head of the Department (HOD) of Paediatrics; Dr Randeep Guleria, HOD of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders; and Dr Alka Kriplani, HOD of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Dr M C Misra, the current director of AIIMS, New Delhi, is set to retire on January 31 next year.

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