Colleges give undertaking that buildings, hospitals and laboratories will be ready by May-end
The State government is hopeful of getting Veterinary Council of India’s (VCI) recognition for veterinary colleges in Hassan and Shimoga next month.
A three-member inspection team, led by S.C. Misra, which visited these colleges, expressed satisfaction with the facilities, officials of the Department of Animal Husbandry and the Hassan Veterinary College told The Hindu here on Friday.
The team inspected the college building, veterinary hospital, laboratory and hostel in Hassan on February 18, 19 and 20.
“We are hopeful of receiving recognition for the college this year and the team is happy with regard to facilities we have provided to the students,” said an official at the college.
The team visited the Shimoga college on February 15, 16 and 17 and responded favourably when asked about the facilities made available at the college, the officials said.
The Veterinary Council of India will give recognition to these colleges based on the report submitted by the inspection team. “We may expect positive development in a month,” said the Hassan college official.
Both the colleges have given an undertaking that all buildings, hospitals and laboratories would be ready by May-end.
The government set up these colleges in 2007 to address the shortage of veterinary surgeons in the State. The Veterinary Council of India has not given recognition for these colleges for the last five years for lack of adequate infrastructure.
And, one of the fallouts is that the degree certificates issued by the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Science University (KVAFSU), Bidar, to students who passed out last year are invalid.
The Veterinary Council of India has insisted that the colleges should have buildings, faculty members, hospital and livestock, if they have to get recognition.
Final year students
Meanwhile, final year students at the Hassan college have been sent to KVAFSU, Bidar, for completing the last semester internship while students of the Shimoga college have been sent to the Veterinary College, Bangalore.
Since both the colleges have not received recognition, KVAFSU, Bidar, and Veterinary College, Bangalore, would award bachelor degrees to the final year students of both these colleges who clear their final examination this year, the officials said.
Forty-two students passed out from these colleges last year.
But they are neither eligible to do private practice nor to apply for government jobs because they do not possess certificates and registration number issued by the Veterinary Council of India, the officials said.
The Veterinary Council of India team, during its earlier visit, denied recognition to the colleges, forcing the authorities not to admit students for the academic year 2008-09.
Both these colleges are expected to get new buildings before the commencement of the next academic year in June 2013.
More than 5,000 candidates apply every year for the 240 seats in the four veterinary colleges in the State — Bangalore, Bidar, Hassan and Shimoga.
Veterinary Council of India team inspects facilities at the colleges We may expect positive development in a month, says Hassan college official
Veterinary Council of India team inspects facilities at the colleges
We may expect positive development in a month, says Hassan college official