State comes to rescue of 71 veterinary graduates

Special provisions have been made for 71 veterinary graduates, left in the lurch following derecognition of government institutions in which they studied, to apply with animal husbandry department for postings.

Two years ago, Veterniary Council of India (VCI) had refused recognition to Hassan and Shimoga government veterniary colleges, due to lack of infrastructure, putting a question mark on the future career of 71 students. Replying on behalf of Minister for Animal Husbandry T B Jayachandra, Leader of the House and IT-BT Minister S R Patil told the Council on Tuesday that the animal husbandry minister would hold talks with Union Minister of Agriculture and VCI to recognise the two veterinary colleges. The government has already issued a corrigendum, in the students degree certificates, that their recognition certificates will provided once VCI approves the colleges, he said.

When JD(S) MLC from Hassan district Patel Shivaram raised the issue, the government said it has made way for graduates from the two colleges to apply for postings in the animal husbandry department. Legislative Council Chairperson D H Shankaramurthy suggested postponing the recruitment of 391 veterinarians to the animal husbandry department. Patil, however, said it was not possible as there was a shortage of  800 doctors in the department.

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