Admission to the state’s sole veterinary university, on hold since August, can begin now.
As reported by Metro on August 26, first-year admission to the West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences in Belgachhia were suspended this year because the Veterinary Council of India (VCI) had not given its approval. The regulatory authority had held that the university has not met the VCI norms.
After inspections in 2012, the VCI had warned the university that it would be de-recognised if changes were not made by August this year.
“We received a fresh request in September from the state government asking us to send another team to the university for inspection,” said Ravinder Chaudhary, the chairman of the VCI finance committee.
“The VCI sent another team and noted the improvements. The VCI has now decided to allow admission for another year.”
Vice-chancellor C.S. Chakrabarti said he was awaiting the papers regarding lifting of the bar on admission. “We can quickly wrap up the process once we get the documents. The last date of admission is October 31 and we will be able to start classes from the first week of November.”
Sixty students are admitted every year for the five-year course for a bachelor’s degree in veterinary sciences and animal husbandry. Classes normally start by September.
Despite the delay, the VC promised that the students would not suffer.