Serious irregularities have been found in recruitment of faculty members at the newly created AIIMS in Patna and the attention of the Union Health Ministry has been drawn towards it.

As per findings of a committee constituted by A. K. Mahapatra, Director AIIMS Bhubaneswar holding additional charge of AIIMS Patna, has found that some faculty members do not meet the requisite educational qualifications and experience.

AIIMS Patna was among six such institutions set up in 2012 under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY) for correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable healthcare.

The committee, constituted on September 5 this year, looked into the documents and records submitted by the faculty in the light of advertisement issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, sources in AIIMS Patna said.

When contacted, present AIIMS Patna Director G. K. Singh, who is in Delhi in connection with an institute meeting chaired by Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad, said that a committee was formed to probe complaints regarding violation of reservation quota of backward class candidates in recruitment.

But, he said he was not aware of its findings.

The committee reported that qualification record of two faculty members needed to be reviewed by experts.

In one case, age of one faculty member has been found above 50 years fixed by the advertisement, the sources said.

The committee underlined the need for further verification of teaching/research experience of four faculty members as complete detail relating to experience was lacking in their files, they said.

Another glaring finding revealed that three faculties do not meet the basic qualification/experience criteria.

- PTI