Aug 7, 2012

Ayurveda colleges claim CCIM's new norms will dilute quality of education - Indian Express

Anuradha Mascarenhas : Tue Aug 07 2012, 05:26 hrs

The academic community has objected to the new regulations for ayurveda medical colleges, saying that the move will dilute the quality of education. Under the new regulations, Sankrit oral examinations have been done away with, biometric attendance has been made optional and the number of teaching staff at ayurveda colleges has been reduced.

The Central Council Indian Medicine’s (CCIM) Minimum Standard requirements of Ayurveda Colleges & Attached Hospitals Regulations 2012 were published in the Gazette of India on July 18. According to Department of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) officials, the regulations are more ‘realistic’ and in keeping with statistical data on the number of teachers and students. However, a meeting will be held with college managements on Tuesday in New Delhi.

Earlier, biometric system of attendance was mandatory to keep a check on ‘fake’ teachers. Under the new regulations, the number of teachers/lecturers has been reduced from 43 to 30, which, academicians say, may adversely affect the quality of professional/technical education. Vaidya Raghunandan Sharma, former president of CCIM, said the present regulations would only result in mushrooming of colleges but won’t ensure quality education.

Dr Ashutosh Kulkarni, member of the CCIM, said minimum standards have been prescribed for achieving qualitative standards in ayurveda colleges and draft regulations were prepared by a committee ratified by the general body of the CCIM in November 2011. As per Section 22 of the IMCC Act, copies of the draft regulations were sent to all state governments for their comments. After the deadline for receiving comments was over, the draft regulation was sent to the central government by the CCIM for approval.

However, ayurvedic college managements allege that the Centre changed more than half the contents of the draft regulations without the CCIM’s consent. Dr Suhas Parchure, former member of CCIM and president of the Rashtriya Shikshan Mandal that runs Tilak Ayurved College, said the new regulations were contrary to the mandatory procedure laid down under Section 22 of the IMCC Act.

Each college has 14 departments that require a professor, reader and lecturer, academicians say. However, as per the new regulation, having a professor as well as a reader is not required. Moreover, according to the new norms, the annual intake capacity in undergraduate courses will be in the slabs of 60 and 100. Besides, the ratio of students to beds has been revised to 1:1 and 40 per cent minimum per day occupancy of beds is required. This means for 60 students, there should be at least 24 patients in a day, say academicians.

Panchakarma is the base of ayurveda education — and patients are admitted to the in patient department of ayurveda hospitals under this section. As per the new rules, panchakarma treatment has been combined with other therapeutic methods.

Another major grouse is setting up three important operation theatres for gynaecology, ophthalmology and general surgery in a minimum space of 1,500 sq ft. This is impractical, says Kulkarni, adding that National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) has now called for withdrawal of the minimum standard regulations notified by the CCIM.



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