Colleges to come up in eight States

The Veterinary Council of India (VCI) has given its approval for starting 13 new veterinary colleges, including one in the private sector, according to B. Ashok, member of the VCI and Vice Chancellor of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

A meeting of the executive committee of the VCI held in New Delhi on September 16 granted clearance for starting new veterinary colleges in Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Haryana.

Private college

The meeting gave the nod for starting a private veterinary college (International Institute of Veterinary Research) at Rohtak in Haryana.

VCI chairman Lt. Gen. (Retd) Narayan Mohanty chaired the meeting. Those who attended the meeting included A.N. Nanda, Animal Husbandry Commissioner, K. K. Pathak, Deputy Director General, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, and Dr. Ashok.

Dr. Ashok told The Hindu that these colleges were initially denied permission to admit students for the current academic year as the VCI found that these institutions lacked the necessary infrastructure and adequate faculty.

Re-examination

‘‘On re-inspection, the State governments were found to have rectified the problems.

They assured the VCI of time-bound recruitment to solve staff shortage.

The VCI executive committee discussed the measures taken by the State governments.

It also consulted senior lawyer Hiren P. Rawal before accepting the undertaking given by the State governments,’’ he said.

Conditional nod

Dr. Ashok stated that the clearance issued for admitting students was a conditional one.

‘‘The permission will be cancelled if the State governments do not honour their undertaking.

The students may then be relocated to other centres.

The VCI will re-inspect the new colleges before June 2014,’’he said.

Of the 70 veterinary colleges in the country, most were run by State governments, he said.


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