Birsa Agricultural University
Ranchi College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, popularly known as Ranchi Veterinary College, will not have any fresh undergraduate student on its campus this year.
Reason: Veterinary Council of India (VCI) has banned new admissions at the college, affiliated to Birsa Agricultural University (BAU), for the 2013-14 academic year. This means that all 40 seats in first year in bachelor of veterinary science course will remain vacant.
The order came after BAU failed to ensure the minimum required teaching faculty on its rolls in line with the Minimum Standards of Veterinary Education Regulations, 2008.
VCI secretary Anup Bhaumik also wrote to the state principal secretary, animal husbandry and fisheries department.
According to BAU insiders, against the 124 sanctioned posts of teaching staff at the college, the actual number of serving personnel is a paltry 24.
Sources said that on August 4, 2011, following allegations of irregular appointment of 135 non-teaching personnel at BAU, governor-cumchancellor Syed Ahmed put a blanket ban on all fresh appointments with immediate effect. As existing teaching staff continued to superannuate, a large number of posts went vacant, they added.
State agriculture secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni said the government was actively considering filling up of all vacant posts at Ranchi Veterinary College as well as in other BAU colleges.
I have recently joined this department. Professors and other teaching staff cannot be produced overnight. There was a ban on fresh appointments. It has now been relaxed and we are on the job. We are considering various options to fill up these vacant posts. This department has a number of veterinary and agriculture graduates on its rolls. One such option is to get these personnel join as faculties. We are also considering direct recruitment, Kulkarni added.
In his letter, Bhaumik said in 2005, the council had advised BAU to provide minimum necessary infrastructure within one year, failing which VCI shall initiate the process of withdrawal of recognition.
Inspections carried out in 2007 and 2008 revealed persisting deficiencies in terms of infrastructure and teaching manpower wherein it was decided that a fixed time be given to the college to complete the identified shortcomings.
A letter dated 6.1.2009 was sent to the principal secretary with a request to provide required facilities within six months. As no response was received, the matter was again taken up with the chief secretary. A final time limit up to July 31, 2013, was then given to the college to upgrade itself.