New Delhi: Under the aegis of All India Unani Tibbi Congress, World Unani Medicine Day was observed across the country. On the occasion, seminars and conventions were held at many places including Kolkata, New Delhi and Jaipur etc reiterating the demand of National Unani University to be named after Masehul-mulk Hakim Ajmal Khan who revived Unani medicine and traditional Indian medicines. The Unani fraternity also criticized the AAP-led Delhi government for usurping the land of the historic the Unani and Ayurveda Tibbia College, Karol Bagh in Delhi.
At a seminar in the national capital, speakers said in one voice that it was a long pending demand of the Unani fraternity that the Unani and Ayurveda Tibbia College Karol Bagh, which was established by Ajmal Khan, to be made as National Unani University. Presiding over the seminar, Tibbia College’s senior teacher Dr F R Sharar Misbahi said the existence of Tibbia College was in danger as the Delhi government has appropriated more than 75 per cent land of the historic institution where local government offices were coming up. He said the college can be saved by elevating it to university level.
It has been demanding by the Unani fraternity since a long time and the previous central government had promised it that would be befitting tribute to Hakim Ajmal Khan who was savior of the Indian medicine systems, Dr Misbhai added.
Dr Syed Ahmad Khan, Secretary General of the All India Unani Tibbi Congress, paid rich tribute to Hakim Ajmal Khan. He particularly mentioned that the Central government has declared Hakim Ajmal Khan’s birthday as World Unani Medicine Day who was born on February 12, 1868 in Delhi. The Union Ministry of AYUSH had decided the date unanimously at a meeting held on August 20 in 2010.
Drawing attention of the government, speakers also demanded that it should fill up the vacancies in CGHS’s dispensaries which have been vacant since a long time. They underlined the fact that at many dispensaries there is no Unani pharmacists, compounders, physicians and paucity of Unani medicines after the retirement of old staff.
Dr Rashidullah Khan vice-president CCIM, Dr Syed Farooq, director Himalaya Drugs, Maulana Mohammad Rehmani and others also spoke on the occasion.
In Kolkata, the West Bengal unit of Tibbi Congress held its 25th National Convention on Unani Medicine at the historic National Library’s auditorium in which Hakeems and teachers and researchers attended in large numbers from the different parts of the country.
The Convention strongly urged the West Bengal government to open up Unani hospitals in every district of the state and more Unani colleges.
In his welcome address, Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin, (State Tibbi Congress president) said the Mamata government has established Ayurveda hospitals and colleges in every district of the state and it should also show same passion for the Unani medicine. He also demanded setting up of a Unani Pharmacy council and Unani Directorate in the state.
Dr Mushtaq Ahmad presided the convention, who is the national president of All India Unani Tibbi Congress and is currently Dean of the Unani Tibbi Department in Cape Town University, South Africa. Paying glowing tributes to Hakim Ajmal Khan, he said Hakim sb gave new lease of life not only to Unani medicine but also to Ayurveda.
The then British government had brought a bill banning Indian traditional medicine systems, but Hakim sb had launched a movement against the move that forced the government to drop the bill, Dr Mushtaq added. He also urged the audience to develop scientific research in the Unani medicine in order to cope up new challenges. The convention also addressed by Ayurveda experts and physicians. They vowed to work jointly in protecting and promoting Indian traditional systems of medicine. On the occasion a number awards were given to persons and companies who contributed immensely to cause of Unani and Ayurveda medicines.
On the occasion, a souvenir on the life and contribution of Masehul-mulk Hakim Ajmal Khan was also released.
A convention was also held in the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur to mark the World Unani Day. Rajasthan Tibbi Congress president Prof Ghulam Qutub Chishiti said Hakim Ajmal Khan was the God-father of Indian medicines and his contributions cannot be overlooked.
A host of Unani academicians and others including Dr Sunil Kumar Sharma addressed the convention and paid rich tributes to Hakim Sb.