In a welcome move, the government has revised rules to allow Ayurveda colleges to increase the number of seats they offer each year. The newly revised rule of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) applies to both government and aided Ayurveda colleges and comes as a measure to make the best use of the currently under-utilized facilities in Ayurveda colleges.
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With the setting up of the Ayush department by the government of India, Ayurveda colleges are getting a facelift and rules are being revised so as to overhaul and streamline the system.
As per CCIM rules, a hospital or college with a 60-bed facility and 30 teaching staff is equipped to handle 60 students. Unfortunately, the intake of students is much less. One example is the Government Ayurveda College at Thripunithura, which has admitted only 50 students in the current batch despite being able to handle 60.
Meanwhile, the Kannur Government Ayurveda College has 40 seats and some of the aided colleges have 50. With the revised rules, 50 more seats can be added at each college. The Center is ready to grant these seats this academic year itself, with no extra expense to the college provided they meet the infrastructure requirements.
Colleges are required to apply to the CCIM who will conduct an inspection of the college campus to verify that infrastructure needs are being met and then sanction the extra seats.
With more seats being allocated, more youngsters are bound to turn to Ayurveda, meaning that the ancient healing system is going to have more practitioners.