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CM urges Ayurveda students to serve in remote areas

Dharmshala, 10th January-Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh asked the
students of Rajiv Gandhi Government Ayurvedic College, Paprola to
serve in remote and far-flung areas of the State so that the people in
hard areas could get better health care services. He said that State
Government was promoting allopathy, ayurveda and homeopathy in a big
way so that more people could be benefited.
The Chief Minister was speaking in the Sports and Cultural Festival,
‘Ayurutsav 2014-15’ organized by the students of Rajiv Gandhi Govt.
Ayurvedic College, Paprola in Kangra district today.
He said that more than 50 health institutes were opened or upgraded in
the State in last two years besides three medical colleges had been
sanctioned for Hamirpur, Chamba and Sirmaur districts.
Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of the proposed
parking and road extension to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 55
lakhs. He also dedicated the newly built Dhanvantari temple and
planted ‘santalum album’ (shwet chandan)  in the campus of the
Ayurvedic College.
Shri Virbhadra Singh announced to construct an auditorium in the
campus of the institution which would be named after the former
minister late Pt. Sant Ram. He said that a horticulture inspector
would be deployed in the college to take necessary steps for its
beautification and said that additional funds would be provided to
complete the remaining building works in the campus.  He assured the
Ayurvedic students that their proposal for hike in the stipend would
be examined.
The Chief Minister said that Ayurveda being an important part of
health care was near to our culture and traditions, he kept this
department with him. He said that during last two years four lakh
medicinal plants had been distributed and Ayurvedic medicines worth
Rs. 5.4 crore had been supplied free of cost through various health
institutes. As many as 66 posts of Ayurvedic doctors through direct
recruitment and 57 batch-wise had been filled during the period, he
added.  He said that posts of BAMS students in the college had
increased from 50 to 60 from the upcoming session of 2015-16. To
attract the foreign students in the college an MOU had been signed
between the college and DKS Bastyr University, US, which would help
the foreign students to study in Ayurvedic College, Paprola, he added.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that 35 kanals of additional land had been
sanctioned to the college to fulfill the various requirements of the
college. He said that this college had been recognized as a centre of
excellence by the Department of Ayush, Government of India and
accorded a status of Regional Centre of Excellence in Geriatric Health
Care. This institute was among the ten topmost post graduate Ayurvedic
colleges in India, he added.
Chief Minister also gave away prizes to the meritorious students and
winners of sport and cultural events.
Local M.L.A. Shri Kishori Lal welcomed the Chief Minister and demanded
opening of fire service station for Baijanth-Paprola area. He thanked
the Chief Minister for releasing sufficient funds for on-going
development works in Baijnath constituency.
Principal, Ayurvedic College Dr. Y.K. Sharma welcomed the Chief
Minister and detailed about various activities of the institute. He
also thanked the Chief Minister for his significant contribution in
the development of the institute.
SCA president Shri Sunil Thakur  and OSD, Ayurved  Dr. Dinesh Kumar
also spoke on the occasion.
Ms. Shiksha Thakur presented the vote of thanks.
A colourful cultural programme was also presented by the students of
the college.
Urban Development Minister Shri Sudhir Sharma, C.P.S. Shri Jagjivan
Pal, M.L.A. Shri Ajay Mahajan and Shri Yadvinder Goma, Vice-chairman
HPOBC Finance and Development Corporation Shri Chander Kumar,
Ex-M.L.A. Shri Raghuvir Singh, Director Ayurveda Shri Sandeep
Bhatnagar, Deputy Commissioner Shri C. Palrasu, S.P. Shri Kapil
Sharma, senior officers of various departments and other prominent
persons were also present on the occasion.
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