There finally seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for thousands of students waiting to join the 186 Homoeopathic Medical colleges across the country. These colleges had temporarily suspended admissions after a directive by the Union Health Ministry’s AYUSH department that had not cleared the procedure until the colleges complied with minimum standards for teaching and infrastructure.

“On Monday the Ministry agreed to relax the minimum standards for at least a year. This, we hope, will give the colleges time to work around their shortcomings and ensure that they are able to the clear the minimum required standards,” said AYUSH Joint Secretary A. K. Ganeriwala.

“The admission season should begin by next week and we are sure that those seeking admission will benefit,” he added.

The Department of AYUSH had directed the Central Council of Homeopathy to inspect the medical colleges to ensure that they were maintaining minimum standards and submit a report by mid-May.

“There are several colleges in India which are yet to comply with the standard requirement to run the institute as a teaching centre. But with this latest decision we are certain that admission process should be completed by October and classes will begin by November. The delay is not too much and the courses can be conducted as normal,” said a senior health official.

Previously the Department of AYUSH had suspended admissions in all Homoeopathic colleges in the country that had left many students in the lurch.