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.
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.
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.
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.
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,”