Kochi: The state government is proceeding with steps to open the outpatient wing of the Kochi Cancer Centre on the Kerala Piravi Day on November 1, but there are apprehensions about the mode of selecting its director.
The government has now invited applications to a slew of positions at the centre on deputation or contract. They include medical superintendent (medical oncology/radiotherapy/surgical oncology).
Apart from required educational qualifications the candidate should have three years teaching/research experience.
The posts notified include one assistant professor each in medical oncology, surgical oncology, pathology and radiotherapy.
The other posts advertised are the biomedical engineer, head nurse, staff nurse, pharmacist, lab technician, medical social worker, nursing assistant, office attendant, cleaning staff, data entry operator and security staff.
The last date to submit applications to the special officer, Kochi Cancer Research Institute, HMT Road, Medical College campus, Ernakulam-03, is September 26.
The Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer Movement that is at the forefront of realising the centre has raised apprehensions over going for the same mode for selecting the director of the centre.
The government had invited applications for the post on September 8. The director is to be appointed on contract/deputation basis and will get a consolidated monthly remuneration of `99,000.
“It is such a distinguished post. We should think of people like Dr M. S. Valiathan in the case of Sree Chitra Institute and Dr M. Krishnan Nair for RCC, for Kochi Cancer Centre. A panel of eminent people should be formed to select the Kochi Cancer Centre director and the present mode of selection should be dropped,” said Dr N K Sanil Kumar, a member of the Movement.