April 2010|Vol 7|Issue 4

April 2010 | Volume 7 | Issue 4

International Seminar on Recent Advances in Homoeopathy

          The “International Seminar on Recent Advances in Homoeopathy” organised by National Institute of Homoeopathy at SWABHUMI. The three days seminar is from 19th-21st February, 2010 has been successfully concluded on the evening of 21.02.2010. Hon'ble Shri. S.Gandhiselvan, Minister for state, Health and Family welfare inaugurated the three days seminar. Smt. Jalaja, Secretary, Dept. of AYUSH, presided over the function and delivered her presidential address. Other guests of Honour included Shri. Rajendra Kumar, Addl. Chief Secretary (Forest), Government of West Bengal, Shri. S. K. Panda, Joint Secretary, Dept of AYUSH, Government of India, and Dr. Peter Fisher, UK, who offered felicitations. Dr.Ramjee Singh, President, CCH, Dr.Chatubuja Nayak, Director General, CCRH and Shresta, Chairman, FOHMI gave introductory speech on homoeopathic education, research initiatives and drug industry respectively.
    During the ceremony, formal copy of the Souvenir, CCRH publications and few books published by M/S B Jain Group of Companies were released.Most noteworthy was the launch of Tele Homoeopathy Services from NIH to the patients at the state of Tripura, creating a new trend and a future in homoeopathy in remote controlled patient care and management.

          Dr. Eswara Das, Director, NIH, welcomed the gathering and Prof. (Dr). S. K. Bhattacharya concluded the inaugural ceremony with vote of thanks. In all more than 1000 delegates participated and enjoyed the scientific deliberations.Delegates from all parts of India and from countries like UK, Italy, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Thailand participated in the seminar.

          The scientific deliberations were held over three days in 15 sessions, both Plenary and Breakaway. Sixty scientific papers – 48 Oral and 12 Poster presentations - were made, besides one video film on upcoming Homoeopathic University at Jaipur, Rajasthan. On the first day three parallel scientific sessions were organized and 22 presentations were made covering evidence-based clinical studies, public health initiatives, pharma related issues, philosophy and success stories. The session started with Dr. R.P. Patel, a stalwart, by sharing his experiences in cancer management with homoeopathy. In the evening there was a direct video conferencing with from Greece, the legendary homoeopath, who has been awarded “Alternate Noble Prize in Complementary Medicine”. This is the first time in India that such a video conferencing with direct interaction of participants happened. The experience was unique for all.
    The second day of the deliberations was mainly devoted to Fundamental Research. The day started with a session on Yoga. In all, 12 presentations were made, 10 on fundamental research from the field of Physics and Molecular Biology and two on clinical studies.

    Dr.Eswara Das...Director NIH
    Souvenir Release

          On the third and concluding day two parallel sessions were organised and 14 presentations were made on education and evidence-based clinical studies covering Cardiac conditions, Leprosy, Chronic renal failure, Haemophilia, Autism, Disc herniation, HIV/AIDS, Diabetic neuropathy, Menopausal syndrome, Breast lumps, Ovarian cysts, Respiratory allergies etc. Dr. Rajan Sankaran, eminent homoeopath and academician from Mumbai enlightened the audience with his talk. In the evening, the final presentation included a video talk by Dr. Rustom Roy, Particle Physicist, who is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, University Park, USA and who has been working towards resolving the intricacy of homoeopathic ultra dilutions. The scientific session was concluded with a Panel discussion and concluding remarks by Dr. Eswara Das, Director, NIH.

    Shri. Rajendra Kumar, Minister
    Smt.Jalaja,Secretary AYUISH

          The case discussions by experienced professionals like, Dr. George Vithoulkas, Dr. R.P. Patel, Dr. Praful Vijayakar, Dr. Praful Barvalia, Dr. Farokh J. Master, Dr. Rajan Shankaran and others and the younger generation Homoeopaths like, Dr. Ajit Kulkarni, Dr. Elio Rossi, Dr. Girish Gupta, Dr. Manoj Patel and others has created enormous curiosity amongst the delegates and shall go a long way in enriching clinical medicine through Homoeopathy.
    Cultural programmes were organised in the evenings. Exhibition stalls from NIH, CCRH, CCH, HPL and from manufacturers and publishers were well attended by the delegates. On this occasion, NIH honored all those stalwarts for their contribution to homoeopathy viz. academicians, researchers, practitioners, publishers and manufacturers by awarding them with mementoes or shawls.

    NIH had provided facilities for interaction with the staff and students during the second day evening. The Vice President of CCH, Dr. Arun Bhasme and the Governing Body Members of NIH and few other eminent personalities in the profession chaired various Scientific sessions.

    Shri. S.K.Panda IAS..Joint Secretary
    Prof. Dr. C.Nayak...DG.CCRH

          Adequate arrangements were made for accommodation and transport for the delegates. Presenters and other official members were provided with guest house accommodation. The venue, a heritage plaza at Kolkata called 'Swabhumi' offered adequate arrangements in sitting capacity, food and water arrangements, the sprawling exhibition area and last but not the least, power supply. The delegates found the arrangements satisfactory.

    Dr. Ramjee Singh..President CCH
    Shri. Shresta, President FOHMI

          All the collaborators/ partner organisations viz. Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Central Council of Homoeopathy, Homoeopathy Pharmacopoeia Laboratory, Federation of Homoeopathic Manufacturer Association of India, Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians, Homoeopathic Medical Association of India, Center for Advanced Studies in Homoeopathy, Asian Homoeopathic Medical League and Research Society of India, as well as Homoeopathic colleges and institutions, publishers, practitioners, post Graduate Students, Interns and students supported the event whole heartedly to make it a grand success. The Staff and students of NIH had fully got involved in organizing this event.

    Scientific Session...Dr.R.P.Patel
    Scientific Session...Dr.L.K.Nanda

          Lastly, a unique event of these dimensions in homoeopathy has happened for the first time in India and NIH had the honor to host this mega event of knowledge, culture and tradition, all bounded into one. It was also a befitting tribute to Master Hahnemann that the event happened to be organized on the bi-centennial year of 'Organon of Medicine' written by Hahnemann, happening at Kolkata, the cradle of homoeopathy, where homoeopathy came first in India.

    Dr.Praful Viyakar

          The NIH has taken a leadership in coordinating all the governmental and non-governmental organizations, institutions, publishing houses and manufacturing firms in the field of homoeopathy and brings them together on one platform. The whole thing has enthused and inspired the homoeopathic fraternity and given a message of unity among homoeopaths. India today is top most in the world in the field of education, organised research and drug industry in homoeopathy with mass acceptance of this medical discipline. The whole event and particularly the contribution of allied scientists at the seminar shall open up new areas of interaction between the Homoeopathic professionals and the basic scientists. This interaction shall give an impetus in Homoeopathic Research and Development, because of the close interaction by the students, interns, Post Graduate scholars, Teachers and practitioners of Homoeopathy with various Research Scientists from basic sciences.

          Most importantly, overwhelming support was received from the Dept. of AYUSH, Ministry of H & FW, Govt. of India, from the time concept of the seminar took place, to throughout the pre-seminar preparations and in conducting the seminar.