Patna: A former Head and professor of ophthalmology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi, Dr Rajvardhan Azad is now going to head as the chairman of the revived Bihar State University Service Commission.
In the notification issued by the Government of Bihar, Dr Azad was appointed for the post which will carry out the appointment of teachers in the understaffed universities of the state. The commission will also have six other members. A separate notification for the constitution of the commission was also issued with the one for the appointment of the chairman.
Dr Azad, son of former Bihar chief minister Bhagwat Jha Azad, is presently an advisor (Ophthalmology) to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and Armed Forces Medical Services and Vision 2020 India. He is also Honorary Professor of Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. He is on the Board of Trustee of International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), the highest body of Ophthalmologists in World.
He has also been a recipient of more than 40 prestigious awards and orations including De O’campo Oration by APAO for achieving highest excellence in teaching and research and Dr. B.C. Roy National Award for Best Medical teacher in India.
He is the first from India to achieve the most coveted and prestigious post of the President of Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a named Honorary Physician to President of India. He is also the Member of Global Advisory Committee of American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Azad, elder to cricket-turned-poltician brother Kirti Azad, also contested the Lok Sabha election in 2014 from Godda constituency in Jharkhand on a Janata Dal (United) ticket, losing his deposit, bagging just 27,906 votes and the 7th position among the 16 candidates in the fray.
At present, the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) is vested with the power of appointment of assistant professors. BPSC had advertised 3364 vacancies in 2014. The interview process got underway in 2015 and is yet to be completed. Before that, the appointment of lecturers was made in 2003 on the basis of 1997 advertisement by the commission, which then existed.
The universities in Bihar are facing a huge vacancy, estimated to be over 7000, This is precisely what led to the creation the commission after the matter was raised several times in the Bihar assembly. Despite recent appointments by the BPSC, several colleges and departments are running with inadequate teaching strength, with the situation worse in rural areas.