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Veterinary Courses have no takers

A large number of veterinary hospitals in Karnataka are facing acute shortage of veterinarians as there are no takers for veterinary degree courses. But, the demand for more hospitals and doctors is on the rise.

Minister for Animal Husbandry and Small Savings Revu Naik Belamagi told presspersons that an adequate number of students were not seeking admissions in the colleges in Bidar, Bangalore, Hassan and Shimoga. This had led to shortage of doctors in veterinary hospitals.

Mr. Belamagi said that 10 crore has been sanctioned for constructing buildings for veterinary colleges at Athani and Gadag.

Under the NABARD assistance scheme, hospital buildings are being built at a cost of 16 lakh at 476 places. Already, 270 have been built and the construction of the rest was under progress.

He said that 800, posts have been vacant, however, selection had been over for 211 posts of 487 applicants. Again, recruitment would take place for 276 posts, but only 172 applications have been received.

Many of them would leave the department, as they would be selected in the KAS examination forcing the department to recruit again.

The Department had even attempted to hire the services of retired veterinarians paying 12,000 , but only 84 responded against the requirement of 100 doctors.

The Minister said that this was because the subjects in the course were of tough nature and the students were not interested in taking up veterinary degree courses.

He said that the Department was considering starting diploma courses at three places in north and southern Karnataka from next June, as desired by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

Mr. Belamagi said that 569.18 crore had been paid as subsidy to the Karnataka Milk Federation for giving relief to milk producers. Under the Amrutha scheme, 33.69 crore was given to 30,950 beneficiaries.

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