In a concerted attempt to overcome shortage of teachers in the medical colleges run by it, the government of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is proposing to offer a monthly salary of over a hundred thousand rupees.
That way, it hopes, even doctors with good private practice could be lured into classrooms.
At the instance of the medical, health and family health department, state Finance minister K Rosaiah is sanctioning the move, The Times of India reports.
Apart from professors, associate and assistant professors are also to be recruited on proportionately higher salaries. But it will all be on contract basis, sans pension benefits, it is said.
At present, there are 220 vacancies for professors in the various medical colleges in the state out of a sanctioned strength of 687 posts. There are around 100 vacancies at the associate professor level and 362 vacancies at the assistant professor level as per a notification issued in November 2007.
But it was not exactly the shortage of teaching staff that made the government act. According to sources, the state woke up after the Medical Council of India (MCI) threatened to derecognise three colleges for lack of teachers and infrastructure.
One other government college was derecognized by the council sometime ago.