Uncertainty looms large on the future of Government Ayurvedic College, Patiala, after an expert team from the university it is affiliated to expressed concern over poor medical infrastructure at the 65-year-old institution.
Running undergraduate courses, it is the only government ayurvedic college in the state. Nearly 120 students are enrolled in different batches of the bachelor of ayurveda, medicine and surgery (BAMS) course.
The two-member expert team from Guru Ravidas Ayurvedic University, Hoshiarpur, visited the college to take stock of the facilities before taking a final decision over continuing with the affiliation to the college.
Experts express concern over shortage of faculty, poor response to indoor and outpatient departments (OPD), lack of medicines, poor condition of pharmacy and absence of basic amenities in hostels.
The college was earlier affiliated to the Baba Farid University of Health Science, Faridkot, from 1999 to 2011, but is affiliated with the ayurvedic university since 2011.
“The college-cum-hospital is in a deplorable condition. It was once considered one of the premier ayurvedic institutions in North India, but now is in a complete mess,” said a member.
One of the members of the expert team, Vijayant Bhardwaj, said that college require 30 faculty members but the college has 24 of whom six were found “ineligible” as per the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) norms. Hardly any patients register in the indoor-patient department, due to the shortage of staff,” the experts found.
One of the staff member said that they are not satisfied with the facilities at the college and they will submit a report to the university which will take final call giving further affiliation to the college.
The Union health ministry and the department of AYUSH had denied permission to the college to hold admissions in both UG and PG courses. All because of shortage of teachers staff , shortage of beds and less intake of patients.
It was in 2014 that the college was allowed to admit students in undergraduate courses.
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