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Hundreds of seats for ayurveda course lie vacant

The total number of seats available for the BAMS course for 2015 – 16 is 3,897

mumbai Updated: Oct 28, 2015 01:02 IST
Musab Qazi

Hundreds of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) seats in the state are lying vacant, even as the online admission process for undergraduate medical courses has come to an end.

The total number of seats available for the BAMS course for 2015 – 16 is 3,897. As per the data available with Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), around 685 BAMS seats in 22 government and private colleges are yet to be filled.

On the other hand, most of the seats for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and MBBS have been filled, while there are a few seats available for Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BoPT) and other allied medical courses.

According to DMER, the huge number of vacancies is the result of delay in providing approval to Ayurveda colleges by Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), which is under the ministry of AYUSH. “Many colleges providing BAMS course couldn’t be included in the first

two rounds of Common Admission Process (CAP) as they didn’t have the requisite approval. Many other colleges are still waiting for their approval from CCIM,” said an official with DMER. The colleges need a nod from ministry of AYUSH in order to admit students in Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) and BAMS courses.

The students now have a final chance on Wednesday to apply in person for BAMS and other available seats. And if the past data is any indication, most of these seats will eventually be filled. But at the same time, many of the BAMS aspirants are likely to have moved on to other courses. “The students who don’t get admitted to the limited seats available for BAMS opt for other options,” said the DMER official.

When K Ravi, joint adviser, ministry of AYUSH, was asked about the issue, he replied, “The colleges are required to fulfil certain criteria laid down by CCIM. Once they do that, then only can we grant approvals.”