Students of Dr.NRS Government Ayurvedic College here have demanded that the government take steps immediately to ensure admission into State-run Ayurvedic colleges from this academic year.

Students of Dr.NRS Government Ayurvedic College here have demanded that the government take steps immediately to ensure admission into State-run Ayurvedic colleges from this academic year.

Students of the college met YSR Congress Party honorary president Y.S. Vijayamma at PWD Grounds here on Tuesday, where she had come to participate in a dharna against the power crisis in the State.

“The Department of AYUSH, Government of India, has denied admission into BAMS course in State-run Ayurvedic colleges for two consecutive years. Orders to this effect have been communicated by the Under Secretary to all the officials concerned in the State,” said Dr. NRS Government Ayurvedic College Students’ Union president Sk. Gaffor John.

Conditional nod

He said the Government of India had been denying admission for the past five years, but granted conditional permission in the eleventh hour for three years taking into consideration the assurances given by the State government.

The Central government had been denying admission for the last two years as the State government failed to implement its assurances.

Reasons

The main reasons for denial were a number of short comings pointed out by the Visitation Committee of Central Council for Indian Medicine, he added.

Some of them were: shortage of eligible teachers both at the UG and PG level courses, lack of infrastructure, lack of minimum required facilities and amenities in colleges, shortage of beds in attached teaching hospital, lack of facilities for clinical teachings in hospitals.

The same were being pointed out by the inspection committees year after year, but no concrete measures were taken, he said, and lamented the government stand, which was leading to several students forfeiting a chance to pursue BAMS course.

In spite of repeated requests, representations, and agitations by the students, the government had not bothered to take up repairs to damaged buildings.

Due to step-motherly treatment by the State government and the negligent attitude of the authorities concerned, Ayurveda, which is gaining popularity and acceptance in more than 126 countries, is on death bed in India.

The Ayurvedic colleges in the State, which have a glorious track record of over 90 years, are facing threat of closure.

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