The worst nightmare of students who want to make a career as ayurvedic doctors seems to be coming true. Admissions to 280 Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medical Sciences (BAMS) seats and 14 post-graduation courses have been kept pending after the counselling that concluded on November 29.
The admissions were kept pending because the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) has withdrawn permission for all, except one, Ayurvedic Colleges in the State to take fresh students.
Counselling was conducted by the Dr.N.T.R University of Health Sciences for Ayurveda and Homoeopathy under-graduate (degree) and post-graduate courses.
While all the under-graduate seats and six post-graduate seats in S.V.Ayurvedic College, Tirurpati, and all the UG and PG seats in the homoeopathy colleges have been filled, admissions to UG and PG seats in three Government colleges located in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Warangal and three private colleges located in Medak, Karimnagar and Bollikunta (Warangal district) have been kept pending.
The CCIM rejected permission saying that the colleges lacked qualified/eligible staff and their teaching hospitals lacked the stipulated bed strength. The principals, staff and students of the different Ayurvedic colleges have been corresponding with the State and Central Governments to no avail.
The students of the college went and met the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D.Purandareswari and submitted a memorandum to her.
The MPs of Vijayawada and Rajahmundry have written to Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad, but that too did not seem to have had any impact.
“Each MD student gets a stipend of Rs.18,000 a month. If admission to the seats are cancelled the funds will be diverted and there is no guarantee that the funds will be allocated again,” said a faculty member. No official of the State Government seems to be bothered about the dismal state of affairs, he lamented.