Government Ayurveda College, Shimoga. Recently, Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM) has sanctioned permission to The Government Ayurveda College, on B.H. Road in Shivamogga city who will commence functioning from the present academic year.
Ayurveda means “the science of life” (Ayur means “life” and Veda means “science” in Sanskrit). Ayurveda is a discipline of the upaveda or “auxiliary knowledge” in Vedic tradition. Ayurveda has its prime origin from Atharva-Veda and apart as a supplement to the Rig-Veda. Dhanvantari is worshipped as the God of Ayurveda. The aim of this system is to prevent illness¸ heal the sick and preserve life. The Ayurveda has its origins from India and extended its wings in various parts of the world.
M.G. Doddamani, Principal, The Government Ayurveda College, Shimoga said,” Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM) has sanctioned permission to the college to offer the first year BAMS course from the academic year 2018-19. The intake has been fixed at 60. The Directorate of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Unani, Sidha, and Homeopathy) will soon communicate to the Karnataka Examination Authority to allow students to opt for seats at Government Ayurveda College in Shivamogga for the ongoing process of admission to professional courses.”
Shivamogga is the fourth city in Karnataka to have a Government Ayurveda College after Bengaluru, Mysuru, and Ballari. It may be mentioned here that the State government had sanctioned permission in July 2008 to establish the college here. The construction of Government Ayurveda Hospital of 100-bed capacity that acts as the teaching hospital of the college was completed in 2013. An amount of 2.30 crore was spent for construction of this three-story building.
In addition to this, another three-story building is coming up on the premises that will host the college. An amount of 4.60 crores has been sanctioned for the construction of the building and the work is likely to be completed by December.
Government Ayurveda College, Shimoga. The new building will host 14 departments necessary to run the Ayurveda course including Nidana Vikriti Vijyana (Pathology), Paratha Vijyana (Ayurvedic Philosophy), Rachana Sharira (Anatomy), Kriya Sharira(Physiology), and Shalya Tantra (Surgery) among others. The building will also have conference halls, classrooms, staff rooms, and laboratories.
Citing the shortage of teaching staff, the CCIM had earlier denied permission for the commencement. In February, a team from CCIM had visited the college and collected information on facilities available. In May, the State government had furnished an undertaking to the CCIM that it would take measures to appoint the necessary teaching staff following which permission has been sanctioned.
Mr. Doddamani, principal of college said, ” present, the college has 11 teaching staff. By appointing two more professors, it is possible to run the first year course. The appointment process has already commenced. Classes for the first year would be held on the third floor of the building that hosts the hospital. After the construction of the new building is completed, classes would be held there from the coming academic year.”