A new entrance test for admission into traditional Indian medicinal courses like Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani is on the anvil. The president of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) Raghunandan Sharma has also said that they were planning 14 new diploma courses in Ayurveda.
"The move to have a separate entrance test was finalized on Friday at a meeting of representatives from the council and the Union health ministry's department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH)," he told the Times of India.
He also added that entrance tests for MBBS and BDS courses consume a lot of time and state governments are left with no time to fill seats for the traditional courses. "We are now writing to all the state governments to formulate independent entrance test scheme for courses in Indian medicine with a view to introduce the test from academic year 2010-11," he confirmed.
He also outlined measures to force colleges to upgrade their facilities or face the consequences.