Hundreds of seats in Ayurveda, Unnani remain vacant amid Covid
Thiruvananthapuram: Even when the academic year is about to end, the commissioner of entrance examination couldn’t complete the procedures for admission to medical and allied medical courses.
After two allotments, two mop-up counselling and a stray vacancy filling process, around 100 seats remain vacant in over 10 Ayurveda colleges. In Unani, there are 36 seats vacant and 17 seats in Siddha colleges remain vacant.
The colleges have been given one more chance this month to fill the vacancies.
Spot admission has been scheduled on March 18 at the government homeo college here to fill the vacant seats.
The managements had thought that the seats in Kerala would be filled fast as students couldn’t travel to other states for admissions due to Covid pandemic and lockdown. But even now, seats are vacant.
The annual fees for BAMS seats are Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.
Meanwhile, the last date for admission to B.Pharm course has been extended to March 25 following the demand from medical education director. No admission has been taken to the two seats under central government nominee quota. The government has allowed to convert these two seats to merit and continue with admission for 2020-21.
As many seats are vacant, anyone qualified in the entrance examination but not included in the list of state entrance examination commissioner, should also be given opportunity for admission, said Professor E Kunjiraman, president of Kerala state Indian system of medicine self-financing college management association.