Two year freeze on new Ayush colleges to implement reforms and quality assurance in existing institutions

Govt not to give approval to new Ayush colleges for two years from next academic year to expedite reforms

According to official sources, the freeze period will be utilised to implement reforms and new procedures to promote quality and transparency in existing Ayush educational institutions. 

The Union Ministry of Ayush has put a two-year freeze on approvals to open new Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy (ASU and H) medical colleges in the country. The decision will affect all applications for starting new ASU and H colleges during the academic year 2019-20 and 2020-21. 

The move has come as a surprise to the alternative medical education field. It was only recently that the Central government announced an ambitious plan to set up Ayush medical colleges in each district of the country. Union Minister of State for Ayush Shripad Naik had also promised Rs. 12-crore financial support for each of these institutions.

However, many of the recent reforms in the Ayush education sector remain a job half-done and need time and effort to put into practice.

The ministry won’t accept fresh applications for starting new colleges and has directed the state governments and universities not to issue no-objection certificates or consent of affiliation during the mentioned time. The decision will be reviewed only after the two-year freeze period. 

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