Dr Parvaiz Koul Is New Director SKIMS

Srinagar- Dr Parvaiz Ahmad Koul Ex-professor and Head of Department General Medicine has been appointed as the new director of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar.

"As approved by the Chairman, Governing Body, SKIMS, Soura, Srinagar (Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor, J&K), Dr. Parvaiz Ahmad Koul, Ex-Professor and Head of Department, General Medicine, SKIMS, is hereby appointed as Director, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, Srinagar with effect from 01.01.2022," reads the order issued by Manoj Kumar Dwivedi Commissioner/Secretary to the government.

Koul will replace Dr A G Ahangar who retired on Friday.

Pertinently, Dr A G Ahangar whose term was extended for a period of six months in June had joined as Director in July 2016, however, he was removed in January 2018 but he got the top position again in September 2019 after court directions.

Ahangar was supposed to retire in June this year; however, he got an extension for a period of six months.

Dr Koul did his MBBS from GMC Srinagar (1982 batch) and Doctor of Medicine - MD Internal Medicine from SKIMS in 1988 and went on to have FRCP in Pulmonary Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians, London.

Besides Dr Koul has served as Internist/Pulmonologist and Vice Chairman, Middle East North Africa Influenza Stakeholders Network (MENA-ISN) and Editor in Chief, Lung India journal.

Besides Koul, the health and medical education department of Jammu and Kashmir had shortlisted 14 other candidates for the post of Director SKIMS. Dr. Yogesh Kumar Sarin and Dr. Mohammad Saleem Wani were also the frontrunners for the top position in the Valley’s largest healthcare institute.

The H&ME department had issued a notification inviting online applications from Indian nationals for the post of Director, SKIMS, Soura, for which 36 applications were received. However, the Screening Committee constituted by the government submitted its report to the General Administration Department, wherein it has shortlisted fifteen candidates for the same.

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