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Accept Application to start Ayurveda Medical College: Madras HC tells Ayush Ministry

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Madurai: The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has recently issued a directive to the Ministry of AYUSH ordering it to approve the application filed by an educational trust for opening up an Ayurveda Medical College for the academic year 2019-20.

The order came in view of the petition filed by Immanuel Arasar International Institute of Science and Technology Educational and Charitable Trust, Kanniyakumari; challenging AYUSH Ministry’s June notification.

The trust was seeking approval prior to the notification against receiving fresh applications for establishing new AYUSH colleges for 2019-20 and 2020-21, as if it doesn’t get the approval now, it would drastically affect the institute financially.


During the hearing which was held recently, the petitioner submitted the following contentions:

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  • It intended to run an Ayurveda college from the year 2018-19 and for that purpose, it had created adequate infrastructure in 2017.
  • In addition, an application was made seeking a ‘no-objection’ certificate and for affiliation for the college.
  • However, following the Ministry’s notification, the permission for the Ayurveda Medical College was denied by the Ministry and the Central Council of Indian Medicine.
  • Now, if the trust fails to get the approval for the MInistry, it would affect the institute as it had already spent money towards building the college on 5.28 acres of land.
  • A ‘no-objection- certificate was obtained from Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare department after infrastructural facilities and records were verified.

Thus, contending the aforesaid, the trust had sought a direction for grant of permission to run the college from the academic year 2018-19.

The Hindu reports that after hearing the plea, honourable Justice V Parthiban observed,

“The process for seeking approval had commenced prior to the notification and by a subsequent notification the trust’s right to start the college could not be taken away.”

The court asked for a counter affidavit from the Ministry and accordingly ordered it to grant approval by completing the process expeditiously.

The next and final hearing of the case has been adjourned till November.

Read Also: Ayush Ministry releases List of ASU Colleges DENIED Permission in UG, PG Courses for 2018-19


Source: with inputs

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