New Delhi: The government has denied 80 Ayurveda
colleges permission to admit students for the year 2012-13 because
they lacked infrastructural facilities, parliament was informed
"Of 261 Ayurveda colleges in the country, till Aug 22, 161
colleges have been permitted to admit students. Eighty colleges
were denied permission," S. Gandhiselvan, minister of state for
health and family welfare, told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.
"There are a total of 261 colleges teaching the Indian system of
medicine," Gandhiselvan said.
Eighty colleges were denied permission to take in a fresh batch of
students as they failed to meet requirements such as qualified
faculty and at least one teacher in each department, besides being
attached to a hospital.
Government norms for such medical colleges also lay down other
parameters, like number of beds, out-patient department (OPD)
attendance and in-patient department (IPD) bed occupancy.
While there are plans to mainstream AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga,
Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), the government does
not plan to deploy AYUSH doctors in rural areas.
"The government does not propose to deploy AYUSH doctors in rural
or remote areas after imparting one-year training in allopathic
medicine to them," Gandhiselvan clarified.