After 3 yrs, Nagpur has full-time medical education director

September 11, 2014

After three years of making do with acting head, the state Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has a full time director. The state government on Wednesday appointed Dr Pravin Shingare, joint director (medical) who was holding the additional charge of the post since death of then incumbent Dr W B Tayade on August 27, 2011, as the full time director. Dr Shingare has two and half years left for retirement.

Dr Shingare confirmed his promotion late Wednesday evening after receiving the order. "Yes, I am very happy. I had been holding the additional charge for three years but now I will utilize my office to give my best for the medical education in the state. I am thankful to the state medical education minister and the medical education secretary," he said.

This development has cleared the way for many positive developments in the medical education. A full-fledged director can make important decisions for 14 medical colleges in the state. As acting director, Dr Shingare did not have powers to make big decisions. He had applied for the voluntary retirement apparently disturbed by the government dragging its feet on confirming him into the post.

Meanwhile Dr Mansingh Pawar, the joint director of DMER (dental), who was holding additional charge, proceeded on long leave on Tuesday. It forced the medical education secretary to call Dr Shingare back on duty from medical leave the same day. The promotion did not surprise him at all but getting orders on the very second day of joining back was thrilling, he said.

In another development the medical education department cancelled the transfer of Dr A Niswade, the professor and head of paediatrics from the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in city on July 3, but the order was yet to reach the GMCH. Sources said along with cancelling his transfer to Ambejogai medical college, the chief minister has also recommended that in view of his administrative experience, he be given additional charge of dean GMCH.


Dr Niswade had holding the charge as acting dean during the tenure of Dr Deepti Dongaonkar and Dr Rajaram Powar in GMCH and had been instrumental in making many decisions regarding the implementation of various projects under the Rs150 crore upgradation of college in the ongoing Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY).

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