New colleges to come up in Gadag, Athani, Puttur

The government will constitute a committee to study and recommend infrastructure and financial requirements to increase intake of two government veterinary colleges.

Increasing intake and opening new veterinary colleges are the two options open to the government to address the severe shortage of veterinary doctors in the State, said Minister for Animal Husbandry T.B. Jayachandra. There are 914 vacancies out of 2,393 sanctioned posts.

Replying to Y.A. Narayanaswamy (Janata Dal-Secular) during Question Hour in the Legislative Council, Mr. Jayachandra said only 213 seats are available to Karnataka students in four veterinary colleges — 60 in Bangalore, 51 each in Bidar, Hassan and Shimoga. With these numbers, it would take at least a decade to fill up the vacancies, Mr. Jayachandra said. This is the reason why veterinary colleges are being opened in Gadag, Athani and Puttur. The government requires at least Rs. 150 crore to set up a new college.

The government is also considering allowing private veterinary colleges, the Minister said.

Priority sector

He said only 3,097 of the 5,659 panchayats have hospitals and there is a dire need for more veterinary doctors. When the department recently invited applications to fill 390 posts, only 262 applications came through.

Mr. Narayanaswamy wondered on the rationale behind the decision of the Veterinary Council of India to allow just 60 seats for each college when the Medical Council of India has been sanctioning up to 240 seats to each medical college.

Mr. Jayachandra also said the council is likely to recognise veterinary colleges at Hassan and Shimoga in a week.

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