By MM Special Correspondent,
New Delhi: All India Unani Tibbi Congress, the representative body of Unani physicians and academics, has once again reiterated the demand of establishing AIIMS like institution of Unani medicine and a national university of Unani medicine to be named after Hakeem Ajmal Khan who was the messiah of Unani as well as Indian traditional medicines and one of the stalwarts of the freedom movement of the country. The Tibbi Congress also demanded that the post at the Unani Chair in South Africa should be filled immediately which has been lying vacant since 2016.
Tibbi Congress has recently passed a number of resolutions at a conference held to mark the World Unani Medicine Day at the Constitution Club here. Tibbi Congress said AIIMS like Unani institute is a long pending demand of the Unani fraternity and successive central governments have promised for this.
The resolution adopted in this regard read as: “Long standing demand of lovers of Unani Medicine in general and Unani Medicine fraternity in particular for establishment of All India Institute of Unani Medicine at par with All India Institute of Ayurveda may be expeditiously taken up by the Government of India, Ministry of AYUSH so that this Institute comes into existence without any further delay. The need of such a centre of excellence in the fields of Unani Medicine practice, education and research is seriously felt in this country and the Institute will contribute in globalization of the merits of this system of medicine.”
It also stated that national Unani University’s demand is very old and naming this institution after Hakeem Ajmal Khan will be a befitting tribute to his unparalleled contributions for the promotion of unani and other Indian medicines.
Resolution stated: “Considering enormous and unparalleled contributions of Late Hakeem Ajmal Khan in survival and promotion of traditional Indian Systems of Medicine Ayurveda and Unani Medicine in particular both in the field of education and research, it is requested that Govt.of India, Ministry of AYUSH may positively consider establishment of National University of Unani Medicine to be named after Hakeem Ajmal Khan in Delhi. This shall be a befitting tribute to his unending interest in expansion and development of Unani System of Medicine in this country.”
In other resolutions, Tibbi Congress said that in accordance with the government policy, all AYUSH disciplines like Ayurveda and Unani be made equally available in newly established All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in various parts of the country.
“It has been given to understand that Ministry of Health, Govt. of India in consultation with Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India is planning to open new AYUSH dispensaries in CGHS centres all over the country. In this connection, it is requested and hoped that equal number of Unani and Ayurveda dispensaries are sanctioned so that the patients can have the facilities of treatment through all AYUSH systems under the same roof.”
While applauding Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) for its achievements in the field of scientific research in Unani System of Medicine, Tibbi Congress pointed out that several research positions have been lying vacant in the Institutes and Units of the CCRUM adversely affecting research and other activities. It demanded that all vacant posts filled up on urgent basis and till such time it is done the Director General, CCRUM may kindly appoint Research Consultants and/or Research Associates for fixed duration so that research work and patient care does not suffer.
On the academic front, the Tibbi Congress urged that AYUSH ministry to grant permission of new batch of PG and Ph.D. courses for maintaining the continuity in admissions that will produce well trained academicians/researchers/unani medicine specialist.
In another resolution, the Tibbi Congress also drew the attention of the authorities towards the promotion of Unani medicine in the abroad as India has emerged as the leader of Unani medicine in the world.
It said the post at the Unani Chair in South Africa has been lying vacant for more than two years while demanding such chairs should be set up in many countries including Europe, America, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia and UAE who have shown interest in traditional and herbal systems of medicine.