Ayurveda college students? fate hangs in balance
THE FATE of Acharya Gyan Ayurveda College, Malganj Square students hangs on the report to be filed by a team from Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) that inspected the college today.india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 13:32 IST
THE FATE of Acharya Gyan Ayurveda College, Malganj Square students hangs on the report to be filed by a team from Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) that inspected the college today.
The visit created a strange situation with 32 students of the first batch asking for the closure of their college and the rest up to the 2005-06 batch saying that they would not accept transfer to any other college and would prefer to stay in their homes in case their institute was derecognised.
The inspection team was led by Indian System of Medicine (ISM) Director Umesh Mundra, Joint Director Dr RV Sasgora and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) SK Tiwari.
The college has been spared the axe on several occasions as three bodies the CCIM, ISM and University jointly certify colleges and the State Government takes action on the basis of these reports. Mundra said that CCIM had earlier certified the college and they had given a no objection certificate at the time of its opening and now its continuance would depend largely on the report filed on the basis of ascertaining number of faculty, facilities, campus area and other mandatory requirements stipulated by the State Government.
The college had always been mired in controversy and had even lost recognition from the Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) when the local university citing several irregularities and shortfalls on the part of the college withdrew its affiliation twice.
The university after having received several complaints from students and other bodies and their inspection teams derecognised the college for the academic session 2002-03 and later for the session 2005-06 despite, which the college admitted the students. The CCIM also notified the State health secretary and college principal through a letter dated November 26, 2003 regarding their decision of not holding admission in the 2003-04 session.
However, the State Government later allowed admissions in the 2002-03 session and the confusion started from there. The university accordingly held their BAMS first year examinations according to curriculum but later withheld their results for about an year.
The 45 students concerned had to demonstrate for getting their result released. The Indian System of Medicine Joint Director took a stern stand against this lapse on the part of the university in conducting examinations of students from a derecognised college.
College Chairman Dr GC Jain taking the technical way out said that the college had been derecognised for the 2004-05 session and the students who had appeared for the exam belonged to the previous session and thus there was nothing wrong in their appearing for exams.
The Executive Council (EC) of the University relenting on the matter released the results on humanitarian grounds but with the clause that they would be transferred from the next academic session to the Government Ayurveda College. The majority of the students are now determined not to let their college close down so that they can sail through without facing any storms.
However, the same recognition and derecognition game was enacted again in the 2005-06 session despite the University and the State Human Rights Commission having declared in 2002-03 itself that the college was not worth continuing and had opined that the students having been admitted through counselling be shifted to other recognised colleges.
However, the college administration citing the order of the State Government had admitted the students and now on account of the university withdrawing its recognition their whole future was in jeopardy.
College administrative officer Manish Kumar said that they had approached the Supreme Court regarding the issue. The major obstacle in the path of recognition of not having 10-acre land as stipulated by the Government would soon be removed by transferring the college to a new location and the authorities now had to take a decision deciding the life of many students.