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JJ Hospital Gets A New Dean, Third In Three Years As Government Shifts Five Medical College Heads

The state-run JJ Hospital, Byculla has got a new dean nine months after Dr Ajay Chandanwale took charge in December last year. Paediatrician Dr Pallavi Saple, who was the dean of Government Medical College (GMC) in Miraj, will be taking over the position.

The medical education department on Wednesday issued transfer orders for the deans of five government medical colleges, including JJ Hospital, Pune’s BJ Medical, GMC, Miraj, Kolhapur and Gondia. A source said that Dr Chandanwale will return to his previous institute, BJ Medical College, while the Pune institute’s current dean Dr SD Nanandkar will take over as the dean of GMC, Miraj. Dr Nanandkar was the dean of JJ before he was shunted to Kolhapur in 2017 and subsequently given charge of BJ Medical College in March this year.

JJ Hospital has had two deans in less than two years. “These transfers are for administrative reasons. There is a shuffle of several deans,” said Sanjay Mukherjee, secretary, medical education.

Speaking to TOI, Dr Chandanwale confirmed that he has received the transfer orders. “The government has issued orders and we have to follow them. I am happy with my nine-month stint in Mumbai, during which I have tried to improve the systems. I have worked towards bringing in transparency and discipline and got the support of my doctors, nurses and hospital staffers in doing so,” he said. Dr Chandanwale has been credited with raising over Rs 4 crore from various corporate houses which were used to install ECG machines in 50 wards at the hospital, among other things. On Tuesday too, the institute got a donation of Rs 1.61 crore from the Tata group. “We have just got the letter from the trust. The fund will be used to develop an efficient token system for outpatients,” he said.

Dr Chandanwale’s stint also saw its share of controversy, when students went on a strike last March after the college issued a diktat saying girls shouldn’t wear short skirts and should sit separately from male counterparts during college events. Sources told TOI that while there were a few complaints against Dr Chandanwale, he had himself urged the government to send him back to BJ Medical College on several occasions. – TOI

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