Pashu Sandesh, 28th June 2019
National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) results were declared on 5th June for the admission into the Medical and Dental colleges all over the country. Veterinary Council of India (VCI) in a notification had notified that for the admission under the 15% all India quota into the Veterinary Colleges all over India NEET score would be utilised while making the merit list. Medical and Dental colleges all over India have declared their schedule for the counselling process and the VCI website is stating the Website is under testing phase and all the notifications flashing on the website as “New” are displaying information of the year 2018. One look at the Website and the only word that comes to mind is “Pathetic”.
With outdated information panel on the website, VCI is sending demoralising signals to all its stakeholders ie the Vets of India. If we compare the website with the website of the Medical Council of India (MCI) we can realise the magnitude of the problem. The plethora of information on the MCI website is just overwhelming. There is complete information on the number of Medical Colleges in India (both Government and Private) and one can access the complete information of faculties teaching at these colleges just by a click of a button. On the other hand, there is outdated information available on the VCI website displaying the information on the addresses of a limited number of the Veterinary Colleges in a PDF format (41 to be precise). There is no information on the private Veterinary colleges operating in the country.
VCI is supposed to regulate Veterinary education in the country. There is absolutely no information regarding how it is going to do the same. The dismal state of the Website is the reflection of the sorry state of affairs at the VCI.
The council is in total disarray and it needs urgent attention from the Government for its revival. With a separate Ministry for the Animal Husbandry and with a Minister who himself is a Veterinarian one can hope of some positive change for the betterment of the council which at present is just a walking ghost with very limited reach and influence.