Warangal: Close on the heels of denial of additional seats to Kakatiya Medical College, the Warangal Government Anantalaxmi Auyurveda College located in the constituency of Minister for Backward Classes Basvaraju Saraiah is threatened with closure.
The State Government, citing the cause of inadequate teaching staff has shut the admissions to graduate course, Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medical Sciences (BAMS) during the academic year 2011-12 based on the report of Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM). There are only 29 staff against the requirement of 35.
The students of the college agitated against the arbitrary cancellation of the seats and launched protest marches. Responding to the students’ agitation Minister Basvarju Saraiah and Warangal MP Sircilla Rajaiah promised to restore the admissions to BAMS course.
This brought a temporary truce between the agitating students and evasive administrators.
However, with the adverse report of CCIM the State Government was forced to cancel the admissions of the students of the academic year 2012-13. The students and faculty were worried that the college would shut down permanently. Ayurveda, which was revered as the best medicine to many chronic diseases was gaining tremendous popularity even in the West.
The student leaders Krishna, Mahender and Sindhuja said that if there is shortage of the staff, it was the Government’s responsibility to fill the vacancies. They alleged that the Government was acting hand in glove with the vested interests and was not filling the vacancies thus injustice is being done to Telangana colleges.
TRS MLAs Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar and Thatikonda Rajaiah, who visited the college, recently alleged that it was anti-Telangana forces that were behind the present crisis of shutting down of Government professional colleges in the region.
They held the Congress leaders responsible for diminishing number of seats in the Government professional colleges as first it was KMC now it is Ayurveda College. They threatened a big agitation against the discrimination shown to Warangal colleges if the State Government fails to correct the imbalances.
Dr Jagadeeshwar Prasad, president of A P Ayush Medical Officers Association, said that the college was started in 1956 and there are more than 3,000 students as its alumni and they were doing great in their professions.