‘Intake of students has been withheld into three of six colleges'

The ayurvedic doctors' fraternity in the State is up in arms against an alleged apathetic attitude of the government towards promotion of the age-old ayurveda in the State . The Orissa Old Students' Association of Ayurveda has been spearheading the movement.

Sharing the Association's disappointment over the State government's step-motherly attitude towards the practitioners and students of ayurveda, Association president Damodar Mishra stated that owing to lack of required infrastructure, intake of students has been withheld into three of the six colleges of the State. These colleges at Sambalpur, Baripada and Bhubaneswar were established with private entrepreneurship with public patronage but the State government did not come forward to provide any support for the institutions, he alleged.

Association secretary Swapneswar Panda, said “even the condition of the government colleges is not better.

The two government colleges at Bolangir and Berhampur had no enrolment during the academic year 2008-09 for lack of required infrastructure and faculty members.

Admissions were resumed last year for both the colleges after the government made some temporary arrangements by posting doctors on deputation, but there has not been any improvement in the academic environment in both the colleges,”.

The condition of the government college in Puri – claimed as a model college – deserves instant intervention of the government; failing which it could lead to loss of the institution's long-standing reputation; pointed out the Association leaders. Half of the 22 teaching staff positions are vacant in the college at present that is being managed with ad-hoc arrangements, they stated.

The Association leaders would soon meet the Chief Minister to apprise him of the State government's prolonged negligence of ayurvedic education in the State, it was learnt.