Panjab University (PU) has disallowed Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, from making any admissions this academic session as the institute has been found deficient in faculty and allegedly having a below-par allied hospital in the periodic inspection. The college has 50 seats for which over 400 students apply every year.
A copy of this decision taken by PU authorities has also been sent to Ayush, the central government body which recognises such institutes.
The college, however, terms it an outcome of "internal politics within senate lobbies of PU", and says it wanted to be dissociated with PU anyway, to be able to take affiliation from another university. The college was established in 1978 under the aegis of the Shri Dhanwatry Education Society that has reportedly been struggling to keep it running. Those at the college claim the PU held the inpection on April 16, but the college has not been informed about the findings.
The bickering between the college and PU has been going on since 2009.
About PU's report that the college has "unapproved faculty", college principal SK Thakur said, "We had made appointments in 2009 after calling candidates from across India. On the day of interview, the PU V-C's nominee refused to be on the panel. We asked PU authorities to send any nominee of their choice, which they did not."
He added, "Since then they have been telling us that all those we hired are not as per varsity rules and not approved as the V-C nominee was not present. If we worked the way PU wanted, we won't have been able to hire faculty ever."
About the hospital that has been found "dysfunctional" in the PU inspection, the principal claimed the outpatient department (OPD) in the hospital "is running successfully and the hospital has a collection of over Rs 1 crore a year with around 250 patients being examined daily".
CLAIM AND REBUTTAL
But university officials said there is no provision of appointing staff through a placement drive, and that the college has been duping students by hiring faculty right before any inspection. Office of the dean, college development council, (DCDC), at PU confirmed that the notice of not making admissions this year was already sent to the college.
But college management secretary Naresh Mittal said they had not got any letter from the varsity saying the college cannot make admissions this year. The college management added that "even when the college does not receive any grants from the university, PU has been taking undue advantage of its authority."
"We ourselves requested the PU authorities to disaffiliate us, so that we can get affiliated with Guru Ravidass Ayurved University, Hoshiarpur. The PU authorities have just been harassing us, playing around with the future of students for many years," he said, claiming that he had not got an appointment with V-C Arun Kumar Grover despite several requests.