In Ahmedabad, the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) has put 20 Pharmacy colleges on the No-Admission List. These colleges had permission to run courses till 2011-12 but failed to get further approval for admissions in 2012-13.
An official said that these colleges had applied for Pharmacy Council of India for the approval and also paid Rs.1.22 lakh charges. However, the approval was not granted as the PCI found that they were lacking in infrastructure. The PCI found that while some of the colleges had less than mandatory staff, others were had deficiencies like the libraries had few books or the building was not as per the norms.
On following this issues, PCI had pointed out specific problems to the colleges after inspection. The colleges acted upon these deficiencies and even sent reports that action had been taken. However, the PCI has not yet sent approval to any of these colleges, which has rattled the college's authorities, as well as the ACPA.
ACPC said that since admission process is scheduled to being from first week of July, these colleges have been currently put on-admission list. An official said "If the PCI approval does not come before the process starts, we will not be able to grant admission to students in these colleges".
This means that the state will stand to lose 1200 odd seats. In all, there are 6,000 pharmacy degree seats in the 91 colleges of the state. If these 20 colleges do not get PCI approval, the students may suffer and colleges may be forced to shut down.