Lack of infrastructure, faculty members are the cause, says Minister
MYSORE: Several private colleges offering courses in Indian medicine in the State are facing threat of closure in view of the poor teaching and infrastructure. This was disclosed by Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda at a function organised to inaugurate the students’ union of Government College of Ayurvedic Medicine in Mysore on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gowda said private colleges offering courses in Indian medicine in Karnataka were suffering from lack of faculty, equipment and basic facilities as prescribed by the Central Council of Indian Medicine.
“I would like to advise the managements of these private colleges to upgrade their infrastructure, without which they may be denied permission for continuing their colleges from the existing year by the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidda and Homeopathy (AYUSH),” Mr. Gowda said.
He said there were 53 Ayurvedic colleges in the State, including three run by the Government; 12 Homoeopathy colleges, including one Government-run one; and four Unani colleges, including one Government-run college.
Also, there were three yoga and naturopathy colleges in the State, of which one is run by the Government.
The Minister even admitted that there was a shortage of teaching faculty for the three-year postgraduate course in Ayurveda (MD in Ayurveda) being offered in Government Ayurvedic colleges.
“Necessary action will be taken to tide over the shortage of teaching faculty in Government Ayurvedic colleges,” he said.
After the postgraduate course in Ayurveda was introduced in the State in 1972, the colleges were offering MD in Kaya Chikithsa (General Medicine) and Ayurveda Siddhanta (Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda). “Now, we have got permission from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences to offer postgraduate courses in five more streams of Ayurveda,” Mr. Gowda said.
On the occasion of the centenary year of Government College of Ayurvedic Medicine, Mr. Gowda said the Government would construct Centenary Bhavan, comprising an auditorium with a seating capacity of 500 people, a library and an exhibition hall.
A Rs. 2.5 crore estimate from the Public Works Department has already been obtained in this regard, Mr. Gowda said.
The Government also proposes to construct a complex for postgraduate studies through Central funds and to expand the college and the girl’s hostel for the Government College of Ayurvedic Medicine in Mysore.
Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs H.S. Shankarlinge Gowda and S.A. Ramdas, besides BJP MLC Thontadarya and representatives from the college management and students’ union were also present on the occasion.