Granting permanent recognition to three government institutes — the Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences, Government Veterinary College, Bidar and College of Horticulture, Bidar — will be among the main issues that will be brought up before Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during his visit here on Thursday.

The Medical Council of India has withheld permanent recognition to BIMS as it lacks teachers and infrastructure. The Indian Council of Agriculture cancelled permission to the veterinary college citing delay in construction of the Teaching Veterinary Clinical Service Complex (TVCSC). The horticulture college does not have the mandatory 75 acres of land. Another reason is the lack of teachers. While BIMS has around 30 per cent vacancies, the veterinary college has 50 per cent and the horticulture college has over 70 per cent vacancies.

The widely cited reason for the delay in filling vacancies is the ban on recruitment effected by the State government owing to the delay in the notification of amendments to Article 371-J of the Constitution. Government sources indicate some remedial steps are being taken. The State Cabinet has cleared the construction of a 350-bed teaching hospital on the medical college premises. The government has deputed willing postgraduates to the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University to be posted to colleges in Bidar, Hassan and Shimoga. A proposal to transfer unused land of around 59 acres belonging to the Department of Sericulture in Naubad, near Bidar, to the horticulture college is pending before the government.

Ishwar Khandre, MLA, said he would raise the issue at the review meeting to be chaired by the Chief Minister.

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