VCI says Bidar, Hassan and Shimoga colleges are not up to the mark

The admissions for undergraduate courses in the Government Veterinary Colleges of Bidar, Hassan and Shimoga are unlikely to take off this academic year (2013-14).

The Veterinary Council of India (VCI) denied permission for admission of students in three veterinary colleges this year citing shortage of teaching faculty and inadequate infrastructure, official sources in the State Secretariat told The Hindu.

Admission to the veterinary college in Bangalore was completed a month ago.

“The Karnataka Examinations Authority can take up the admission process if the VCI grants permission by September-end. But in the present scenario, it is unlikely the VCI will grant permission this year,” sources said.

Inspection team

The VCI, which has been fighting cases in the Supreme Court on denial of permission for admissions in private colleges of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, has declined to grant permission to government colleges in the State, officials said.

A three-member inspection team of the VCI, led by S.C. Misra, had visited both the colleges last February and inspected availability of teaching faculty, facilities such as college building, veterinary hospital, laboratory and hostel facilities. The team was dissatisfied with the infrastructure in all three colleges. The intake of each college is 60 students.

Though the VCI orally agreed to grant permission for admissions this year, it declined to give it in writing to the State government. To tackle shortage of faculty, the government has posted staff on deputation. But the VCI was not convinced by the deputation policy adopted by the government.

Recruitment stopped

The government temporarily stopped recruitment to all posts till the President of India issues an ordinance with regard to the special status to the Hyderabad Karnataka region under Article 371 (J) of the Constitution.

Officials said each of the colleges have shortage of teaching staff. Colleges of Hassan and Shimoga have 50 teaching staff each against the required number of 86.

The number of non-teaching faculty in the Hassan college was 20 against the required 120. Moreover, most of the non-teaching staff in three colleges have been appointed on temporary basis, officials said.

Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Animal Husbandry T.B. Jayachandra had met VCI officials in Delhi last month and sought the latter’s permission to go ahead with admission of students this year.

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