Berhampur college waits for admission nod

BERHAMPUR: With less than a week left for completion of the admission process for the 2015-16 session, the Centre is yet to grant permission to the state-run Kaviraj Ananta Tripathy Sharma Ayurved Mahavidyalaya at Ankushapur near here to go ahead. The college offers Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) course. The process is generally completed by October 31 every year.

“The Centre has neither given the green light nor denied permission for admission to 30 seats,” said college principal A N Padhy. It has caused much worry among the aspirants. The health secretary has already taken up the matter with the Centre, official sources said.

A three-member team of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), which takes the call on admissions, visited the college in February. “During the hearing on September 14, we had given all documents and information to the panel,” Padhy said. On the basis of the reports of the team, the department of AYUSH grants permission to conduct admission.

The AYUSH department had not granted permission to conduct admission in the five-and-a-half-year BAMS course in the college in 2011 due to shortage of teachers. The college, however, was getting conditional permission for the last three years to conduct admission.

To fulfil CCIM norms, at least 27 teaching staff, including 12 professors and readers, are needed in the college. The college has 26 teachers – 11 professors and readers and 15 lecturers. “The government has already appointed a professor on contractual basis to fulfil the criteria. He has not joined so far. We also apprised the AYUSH panel of it during the discussion,” the principal said.

The college authorities have claimed that it has the infrastructure to conduct the course. Moreover the government has sanctioned Rs 5.90 crore for development of infrastructure in the college, he said.

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