Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has reconstituted Veterinary Council of India and has allowed government as well as private veterinary colleges, affiliated to various state agricultural and veterinary universities, to admit students for the academic year 2014-15. It has also extended the date of admission from 31st October, 2014 to 30th November, 2014.
The minister immediately after taking over as agriculture minister had held a meeting of senior officials of the ministry to expedite the reconstitution of Veterinary Council of India (VCI). VCI was awaiting its reconstitution including election of its president, vice-president and council members.
The minister held a meeting with the newly elected members of VCI and gave suggestions to remove bottlenecks. All the initiatives suggested by Singh were taken up by VCI and following new innovative approaches were approved by VCI.
The universities imparting undergraduate veterinary education were asked to give an undertaking signed by its vice chancellor and countersigned by chief secretary of the state to the effect that all the minimum standards prescribed by VCI will be fulfilled by March, 2015, failing which their recognition will be withdrawn.
As regards to private colleges, they have been asked to give an undertaking signed by its trustees and countersigned by the VC of the concerned university to which the college is affiliated to fulfil all minimum standards prescribed by VCI by March, 2015 along with a bank guarantee of Rs. 5 Crores in the name of VCI, which would be forfeited in case of default.
The government veterinary colleges with sufficient manpower and infrastructure have been permitted to increase the intake capacity from 60 to 100.
The above initiatives will prove to be a milestone in removing the shortage of veterinary professionals in the country and also give a moral boost to all the passed out veterinary graduates from these colleges, who were awaiting clearance of VCI and were not in a position to practice in spite of having valid degree. Also, a large number of government and private veterinary colleges have been enabled to give admission to new aspirants in veterinary courses.