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Aug 2014|Volume 11|Issue 8
Aug 2014|Vol 11|Issue 8

No admission in 4 Homoeopathic colleges in Odisha this year

          BHUBANESWAR.JUL. 14: In a letter to the Health and Family Welfare department, the Central Council of Homoeopathy has made it clear that there would be no admission in four Homoeopathic Medical Colleges and Hospitals in Odisha in the current academic session-Abhinna Chandra Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Utkalamani Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela, Biju Patnaik Homoeopathic Medical College, Brahmapur and Orissa Medical College of Homoeopathy, Sambalpur—till the time the state government fulfills adequate infrastructure requirements of these institutes.
It may be mentioned that the Council, in a letter to the concerned department in 2011, had informed that there would be no further admission in these medical colleges if it fails to take up infrastructure development and make appointment of teachers and staff as required in the next two years.

        The decision of the Council came after a team visited these medical colleges in January last year and found that there is no improvement in the infrastructure. It may be mentioned that each of these medical colleges has a total of 25 seats while 100 Homoeopathic doctors pass every year from these institutes. While the Council prescribes for a regular professor and reader for each department, these medical colleges have acute shortage of teachers.

        Talking to Sambad requesting anonymity, a senior official of the Health department said though the Council had reminded the department of the miserable conditions of these medical colleges earlier, it had not asked to stop admission. “The department has requested the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) for recruitment of teachers to fill up the vacant posts. Besides, efforts are on to take up admission in these medical colleges in this academic session”, he added.

        With the CCH decision not going down well with the locals, they have demanded the State Government to form a task force that would redress the problems faced by the college.

        Radharani Mishra, Principal of the Orissa Medical College of Homoeopathy, said while there is no problem in the basic infrastructure, there is a shortage of faculty. “Though we have apprised the State Government of the problems many a times in the past, no step has been taken yet,” she added.