Baripada, 19th June, 2016 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): Non revival of Mayurbhanj Ayurvedic College has evoked strong resentment among the residents of the district. The college which was providing training to the students as well as indoor medical treatment facilities now is in defunct state.

The college admission was banned by the CCIM (Central Council of Indian Medicine), a statutory body under Ministry of Ayush, Government of India since 2008 showing the ground that the college didn’t have adequate number of qualified and trained teaching staff.

The basic problem was that the private college management was facing paucity of fund to engage adequate number of staffs and pay salary as per the CCIM guidelines. The college was completely shut after 2012.

“After 2008 intake, the college couldn’t take any fresh admission due to the ban by the CCIM. The last batch of 2008 passed out in 2012 and since then the college is completely closed,” said an Ayush doctor and staff of the college, Aditya Panda.

“When CCIM team came for inspection in 2008 we had 24 teaching staffs against requirement of 30 including 15 in higher faculties. We couldn’t afford to recruit more teachers due to financial crunch. Whatever revenue we were getting was through the fees paid by the students only. And, with the closure of the college hardly any indoor patients even visit the hospital for treatment,” he said.

“Since the district collector was the ex-officio president of the management, the fees collected were fixed. The college had no other source of income. Therefore, the institution collapsed” said the principal of the college, Sumant Behera.

“We have put all our efforts for revival of the college and let it be taken over by the state government yet despite assurances it couldn’t be materialized,” he said.

The college privately began in 1983 at Baripada yet it shifted to the new building at Takatpur in 1990. Since 1992, it opened admission for students, offering a four and half year course on Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS). The intake capacity was 30 per batch. The college even passing through hardship ran till 2007, the blow came to it in 2008 after CCIM visit.

Currently, the structure, a 3 storey building with 100 bed indoor treatment facilities and other assets, worth Rs 3 crore, is lying in abandoned state.

While there had been always a demand for revival of the said college yet it couldn’t become functional.

“The revival of the college had been a demand of the district and the demand was that the state government should take over the institution. The issue came up even before the last general elections, in 2014. The Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik too gave assurance during that time, yet it couldn’t be fulfilled,” said Bibhudatta Das, a local resident.

“The college faced an un-time death. Despite promise by Chief Minister it couldn’t live again. It has become a political issue here.  There is strong discontentment among the residents here,” he lamented.

Another resident, Kishor Biswal, said “The flies are shuttling between the Health and Finance department after district collector took initiative to revive the college yet no tangible output is seen.”

The district collector of Mayurbhanj, Shri Rajesh Prabhakar Patil, who is also ex-officio president of the college management, said “Efforts are on to revive the college. Fund has become a main bottleneck to make it operational once again.”

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