Institutes with proper infrastructure should be encouraged to run Ayurvedic Medical Colleges: HC
New Delhi: Referring to the fact that India has been promoting the Ayurvedic System of Medicine, the Delhi High Court bench recently opined that the institutes possessing the necessary infrastructure should be encouraged to set up Ayurvedic Medical Colleges for boosting up the infrastructure of Indian System of Medicine."Our country has, after the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic,...
New Delhi: Referring to the fact that India has been promoting the Ayurvedic System of Medicine, the Delhi High Court bench recently opined that the institutes possessing the necessary infrastructure should be encouraged to set up Ayurvedic Medical Colleges for boosting up the infrastructure of Indian System of Medicine.
"Our country has, after the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic, been staunchly promoting the Ayurvedic system of medicine, and therefore, it is the need of the hour to encourage such institutes as the petitioner, which possess the necessary infrastructure for running ayurvedic medical colleges, to contribute to the bigger goal of strengthening the infrastructure of this system of medicine in the country," the bench noted providing relief to an institute seeking permission to start Ayurvedic College.
Such observations came from the High Court bench comprising of Justice Rekha Palli while it was dealing with a case by an institute deemed to be University, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth. The institute wished to start a new Ayurvedic College with 100 BAMS seats for the academic year 2021-2022. However, its scheme of commenceing the said course was rejected by the Medical Assessment and Rating Board of the Indian System of Medicine (MARBISM) via an order dated 31.01.2022.
Apart from challenging this order, the petitioner institute also assailed the orders dated 24.02.2022 and 31.03.2022 passed by the respondent authorities by which the first and second appeal against the denial of Letter of Permission had also been rejected.
Consequently, the institute approached the MARBBISM and submitted an application under section 13A of the Indian Medical Central Council Act, 1970 seeking permission to establish Sumandeep Ayurveda Medical College and Hospital. However, the application was rejected by Union Government for want of an updated "Consent of Affiliation" from the affiliating university.
On the other hand, the contention of the institute was that being a "Deemed to be University" as per the UGC norms, it did not require a "Consent for Affiliation". Therefore, aggrieved, the petitioner institute approached the Delhi High Court and after intervention of the court, the Union Government agreed to process the petitioner's application without insisting on a "Consent for Affiliation".
Meanwhile, the institute received a fresh NOC dated 26.03.2021 for 80 BAMS seats. However, since this NOC inadvertently referred to the academic year 2022-2023, a corrigendum was issued by Gujarat Government clarifying that the NOC, in favour of the petitioner, had in fact, been issued for the academic year 2021-2022.
Following this,MARBISM appointed a team of visitors to undertake an online verification of the petitioner's faculty and infrastructure on 14.09.2021. It was claimed by petitioner institute that it had shown all the relevant records in respect of both IPD and OPD, the doctors and nursing staff roster, etc. Accordingly, after inspection, the petitioner institute was issued a Letter of Intent by MARBISM for 80 BAMS seats.
On the other hand, it was alleged by the petitioner institute that such deficiencies didn't existed and it was an attempt on the part of the respondent authorities to penalize the institute for approaching the HC bench earlier.
It was contended by the counsel for the petitioner, Mr. Maninder Singh that once the Central Government, after satisfying itself that the petitioner was a duly established medical college, which had been running for the last two years, having the necessary infrastructure to cater to students for the UG BAMS course, issued it the NOC on 29.08.2020, it could not now be said that the petitioner hospital was not functional.
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