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Date posted: September 22, 2012

Report by India Education bureau; New Delhi: To provide higher education to graduate students of AYUSH, post graduate education was introduced in a number of AYUSH colleges in the country.

As on 01.04.2011, there were 117 colleges with admission capacity of 2424 students imparting post graduate education in India. Of these, 29.7% post graduate colleges with 33.8% admission capacity belonged to Government Sector, 55.8% colleges with 53.3% admission capacity to Ayurveda and 35.1% colleges with 37.7% of admission capacity belonged to Homoeopathy. 6.3% of the Post Graduate colleges with 6.4% admission capacity belonged to other systems of AYUSH.

Out of these colleges, six colleges with admission capacity of 216 students were exclusively Post Graduate institutions. One exclusive Post Graduate college each of Unani and Siddha systems with admission capacities of 38 and 46 existed in the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, whereas, two exclusive Post Graduate Ayurveda college each with admission capacities of 50 and 10 existed in the states of Gujarat and West Bengal. One exclusive Post Graduate Homoeopathy College each with admission capacities of 36 and 36 were in the states of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

There was a surge in demand for post graduate education in AYUSH systems in the country. To meet the same, the facility of getting medical education at post graduate level is now available in 18 states as on 1st April 2011.

Maharashtra had maximum number of AYUSH colleges (36%), it had also maximum numbers of Ayurveda (36.9%) and Homoeopathy (35.9%) post graduate colleges, whereas Uttar Pradesh had maximum number of Unani (40%) colleges.

Neither the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Haryana, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura nor any of the union territories of India except NCT of Delhi had a single post graduate AYUSH college. Apart from these, the state of Tamil Nadu had no Ayurveda post graduate college and the states of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand had no Homoeopathy college. The colleges imparting Unani medical education existed in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh only. Post graduate education in Siddha existed in the State of Tamil Nadu only.

Average annual growth rate of 5.4% was registered in 2011 over 1993 in post graduate AYUSH colleges and admission capacity had grown 8.2%. Average annual growth rates of 4.2%, 5.2% and 3.9% had been attained in the number of colleges of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha respectively during the period 1993 to 2011. [Source]

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