While research is a cornerstone in development
of any science, not much is happening by way of
research in the field of homeopathy all over the
country. The homeopath practitioners from the
city are keen to change this by creating a state-of-the-art
research centre in Nagpur. They have sought help
of city MP and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to
get this request across to the central Health
Ministry and Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and
Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).
is only one such centre in the country National
Institute of Homeopathy (NIH), Kolkata, which
is equivalent to All India Institute of Medical
Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, in the field of homeopathy.
An institution that houses a college, hospital
and a research unit similar to those run by several
state governments in the field of allopathy is
what members of Orange City Homoeopaths Association
want in the city.
negligible research in homeopathy being done in
Maharashtra. There is not even one government-run
homeopathy college in the state. In the city,
there is a huge gap left by the closing of the
very prestigious 60-year-old Nagpur College of
Homeopathy last year, which may also be filled
up this new institute," said Dr Manish Patil,
president of the association. Central Council
for Research in Homeopathy has also shown interest
in the project and they also have funds, he added.
building of Nagpur College of Homeopathy, now
not in use, can be turned into a government-run
institute by the government taking it over, suggested
Dr Subhash Raut from Homoeopathic Integrated Medical
Practitioners Association of Maharashtra (HIMPAM).
He said the state has generally been unfair and
disinterested in the development of homeopathy
so the practitioners of the science have had to
approach several ministers. The doctors are happy
with the positivity with which the new government
has responded to their request and hope the request
would be acted upon soon.
Bahubali Shah, President of Maharashtra Council
of Homeopathy informed that the last government
had decided that institutes like NIH would be
opened at many other places but that couldn't
happen. "States like Kerala, West Bengal,
Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are doing much
to further homeopathy. In Maharashtra, though,
absence of good, fixed pay scale job opportunities
in the government sector for the homeopaths has
hampered this development. The other states have
many government colleges of homeopathy with teachers
and doctors having good scope of practice,"
he said. He stressed on the need for the department
of AYUSH of the state government and the health
department to change this situation.
The Times of India