VIJAYAWADA: The authorities and the students of Nori Rama Shastry Government Ayurvedic College have heaved a sigh of relief as the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) sanctioned 30 BAMS and five MD seats for the college in the academic year 2014-15.
“Giving permissions to admit 30 students in BAMS and five students in MD, Central Council of Indian Medicine has put forth a set of conditions to be fulfilled by the college. If these conditions are not fulfilled, the admissions for the academic year 2015-16 will not be allowed,” said CCIM member and former principal of college ML Naidu.
The 72-year-old NRS Govt Ayurvedic College, which also has the 100-bed Achanta Lakshmipathi Government Ayurvedic Hospital attached to it, ran into problems when the CCIM had decided to cancel new admissions citing lack of proper facilities and staff.
The college has 30 seats for BAMS. The seats will be allowed to be filled only if CCIM is satisfied with the facilities at the college after inspection every year. Due to lack of facilities at the college, admissions were cancelled for 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years, bringing disrepute to the college which had produced many talented ayurvedic doctors.
On conditional permission, seats were filled for 2013-14 academic year as AP Ayush Department had promised CCIM to provide all the required facilities. But the situation came to square when CCIM expressed displeasure over facilities after an inspection and planned to cancel admissions for 2014-15 academic year.
As the students, the staff and ayurvedic fraternity from the region raised protests on depriving the college of new admissions, the state government authorities assured the CCIM of providing all the required facilities by December 2014.
“CCIM has granted conditional permission for 30 BAMS seats and five MD (Rasa Shastra) seats for the academic year. We are making efforts to make sure that all the conditions of CCIM are fulfilled and have requested the state government to provide all the facilities so that admissions are not stooped for the next academic year,” said principal KMVD Prasad.
CONDITIONS TO BE FULFILLED
- Teaching vacancies in all the 14 departments in the college have to be filled
- 5 acres of land has to be allotted to the college
- Vacancies in non-teaching positions have to be filled
- Vacancies at AL Govt Ayurvedic Hospital have to be filled
- Teaching pharmacy and a quality testing lab have to be set up