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Oct 2011|Vol 8|Issue 10

October 2011|Volume 8|Issue 10


TN Syllabus change by MGR Medical University withdrawn


       CHENNAI.AUGUST.30: Students of Indian medicine will be allowed to study modern medicine and surgery, Health minister V S Vijay has said. The Minister, who is also the pro-chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, said that the university's decision to scrap allopathic contents from Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani courses would be withdrawn.The decision was made after the minister held a meeting with senior health department and university officials, practitioners of Indian systems of medicine and students at the secretariat on Monday. In July, the university had passed a resolution in the governing council revising the syllabus for Indian medicine. Vice-chancellor Dr Mayil Vahanan Natarajan said the university would remove surgery from the nomenclature of the degrees awarded to Indian medicine students. So, students would be only Bachelor of siddha/ unani/ ayurveda/ homeopathy medicine and not bachelor of siddha unani/ ayurveda/ homeopathy medicine and surgery. On August 17, the Central Council of Indian Medicine, a regulatory body, threatened to withdraw recognition to the state medical university.

      More than 1,000 students of Siddha, Unani and Ayurveda courses at the Dr MGR Medical University boycotted classes protesting against a syllabus change that threatened to invalidate their degrees in Chennai last week. The students claimed that the university had withdrawn allopathic contents like surgery, pharmacology and sections of orthopaedics and ophthalmology from these courses. These sections had been were earlier part of their syllabus to ensure they became more efficient doctors in traditional medicine. Ironically they have the support of their senior faculty, but the university board chose to assign the job to change the syllabus to allopathic doctors. The university is unperturbed by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM)’s September 17 deadline to reinstate the old syllabus. Meanwhile other students studying the same degrees in affiliated colleges are planning to join the strike. The students of Government Homoeopathy Medical College also underwent token strike on this issue