Giving specialised education a new definition, the Uttarakhand government is going ahead with a plan to establish an Ayurvedic university catering to just 110 students studying the subject.
“The decision has been taken keeping in mind the abundance of medicinal herbs and plants and the immense scope for Ayurveda in the hill state,” says state health minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. According to the higher education department, with the establishment of the Ayurvedic university and another catering specially to the aviation sector, the number of universities in the small state would go up to 13.
The proposed Ayurvedic University would be set up at Haridwar by combining the Rishikul and Gurukul Ayurvedic colleges. Both these colleges have combined seat strength of 110 for BAMS course and 15 for post-graduation. At present there are 4 Ayurvedic colleges in the state, two of which are government run. The total numbers of seats for graduate courses in these colleges is just 210 while only one college has 15 seats for post-graduate studies.
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