♣ Much anxiety for students opting for Ayurveda, Unani

Bangalore: It is not just students seeking admission to engineering courses who have had to wait longer this year to know their fate.Even those opting for courses in Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine have been waiting anxiously for the Karnataka Ayurveda, Yoga Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) department to submit the seat matrix for the current academic year to the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).Officials from the department say they are helpless. They have not yet been intimated of the grant of recognition by the Government of India to the institutions that run these courses.Last year, all 4,000 seats available in the alternate medicine courses were taken.There are three Naturopathy colleges, 32 Ayurveda, 11 Homeopathy, and 4 Unani colleges in the state. KEA officials say that even in the last academic year, the AYUSH department had not obtained a clearance from the Centre until the counselling process had concluded.“A separate counselling session had to be arranged to allot seats in the Ayurveda, Unani and other Indian systems of medicine,” said an official.
KEA officials said that though matters are not in their hands, they have to bear the brunt for the inefficiency of other departments like AYUSH and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the body responsible for the postponement of the counselling process for engineering seats.
KEA officials said that candidates who fail to get seats for MBBS and dental courses and still wish to pursue studies in medicine opt to join the Indian systems of medicine.
“Seat aspirants need to understand that some problems find no resolution within the KEA; that we are doing all we can,” a KEA official said.
Srikantaiah, director of the AYUSH department, said that he had no clue when the list of approved institutions would be made available from the Central government. “I am in New Delhi. Even today, I made a request to the authorities in charge of this to expedite the process,” Srikantaiah said.
The Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM), the body that conducts the inspection of colleges before recognition is granted to the colleges that run these medical courses, has already visited the colleges for inspection. However, approvals are still awaited.

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