Saswat Singhdeo

Cuttack: Lack of basic infrastructure and facilities at the Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack has put the future of many students as well as the institution in doubt.

The college, established in the year 1982, is allegedly running without government funding. Neglect manifests itself in the locked up rooms, empty beds and dust-covered medicine boxes of the hospital.

Students have alleged that in the absence of basic infrastructure, the quality of education has declined. "I am in the 3rd year. The infrastructure is quite bad and standard of education is also very low. Our future is uncertain," a student Anupama Sahoo said.

Another 3rd year student Satyajit Barik said, "Everything was good when I was in the first year, but later things have got worse."

Since 2015, Central Council of Homeopathy has stopped admissions following which development work has come to a halt, informed sources.

Meanwhile, teachers and staff of the college have urged the Health & Family Welfare Department of Odisha government to take over the institution and provide funds.

"We have urged ministers to provide us funds but have not received anything till now. We need financial assistance to buy equipment and ambulance," a teacher said.

"Our college has not been allowed to take admissions in the last 3 years. Because of lack of funds we are not able to buy instruments. We need around Rs 4 crore for the development of the college," Professor P K Satpathy said.