Hoshiarpur-based Guru Ravidas Ayurved University, touted as a world-class centre for ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha, and homeopathy (AYUSH) education, has failed to keep abreast of advancement in technology.
Despite appointing a programmer, the university has failed to update its website regularly.
“There is no parallel system as far as technology is concerned. However, in the field of medical sciences, there is a system of Indian medicine parallel to that of modern system, not only at national level, but internationally in the form of AYUSH,” reads the introductory page on www.graupunjab.org.
A message from vice-chancellor OP Upadhyaya also talks about the need to keep oneself updated. His message reads: “We at the university are dedicated to provide you excellent education, practical training and facilities in the career you have chosen to pursue and to achieve this we shall continuously update ourselves, keeping in view the changing needs of different professions.” But, the authorities have failed to update the necessary information on the website.
The “About Us” page carries the introductory message by former medical education and research minister Tikshan Sud who has long ceased to be even an MLA, but the university has not made the amendment on the site.
Sud's message states that the university was his “inspirational” idea. The links to pages on board of directors, notifications, admissions and Right to Information do not open. Some outdated information is, however, available on the site. The university's board of directors comprises 13 members, including the state chief secretary.
“An organisation's website is a gateway to all kinds of information a user needs about it, but sadly, the university has made no effort to update its website in such a technologically advanced world,” said a local resident.
The vice-chancellor was not available for comment, but deputy registrar KP Singh, on being asked as to why the website was not updated, said it would be done soon.