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HOMOEOPATHIC EDUCATION IN INDIA IN DOLDRUM
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History:-    In 1829-30 Dr Honigberger – direct disciple of Dr Hahnemann came to India to treat Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore (Punjab) who was considered incurable by local physicians. In 1839 he moved o Calcutta. & started practicing this system. In one of the history it is written, during the life time of Dr Hahnemann ie around about 1810, few doctors came to India as geologists, remained in Bengal for sometime & distributed homoeo medicines for certain ailments. Later Dr Mohinder Lal Sircar of Calcutta was instrumental in practicing & spreading homoeopathy in India & abroad. Later with the sincere efforts of stalwarts like Padamshri late Dr K.G. Saxena ji & others, Govt of India recognized it as separate health system.

Presently in India there are 182 recognized homoeo –colleges giving education in graduation as well as post graduate level. But its pity that Homoeopathic education is in disarray in most of these institutes. Out of 11785 allotted seats in different homoeo institutes in India, more than 5000 remain vacant. Up till day 265000 are qualified doctors in India. Out of that only less than 50000 are practicing homoeopathy.(And less than 10% of them are practicing true homoeopathy as termed in Organon). Most of them are working for paltry sum of Rs 2000-4000 per month in charitable dispensaries or private clinics or nursing homes.

Now a question arises where lies the problem?
   1-Let us have a look from starting point ie admission process. Most of the universities/ boards select the student on PMET (premedical entrance test) basis. Cream of the selected ones opt for MBBS then BDS then Ayurveda least to BHMS homoeopathy. So for homoeopathy very least fertile brains are left. Since the admission is base on merits in entrance examination, mostly girls outshines their male counterpart and get admission in these (homoeo) institutes. It is seen in these colleges hat females outnumber than males. In few colleges I interviewed so many would be homoeo doctors asking them why they have chosen this profession. 80% of them replied that they wanted to be a doctor (prefix Dr before their name). They could not get admission in any MBBS college that is why……….. The remaining 20% mostly opt for this career out of compulsion ie their parents wanted it (parents are in the same profession).So negligible interest from the core of their heart. Next after the passing out approximately 10% males don’t go for homoeopathic practice. They settle in any other trade. More than 70% females (mostly after marriage) don’t go for homoeo practice due to their family compulsions/pressure. SO WHAT WILL BE FUTURE OF THIS GREAT SCIENCE?

2-Secondly an infrastructure of   homoeo colleges as well as attached hospitals/ dispensaries is in shamble. Teachers are meagerly salaried with minimum interest in this wholistic science. I remember a teacher in or college who use to say frequently that you will get only this type of education in this paltry amount ie salary which they are being paid. During internship/practical training very little or no interaction with patients is done, producing practically zero homoeo doctors.
Not a single college fulfills the minimum standers of education in our country- told by CCH president (elect) who himself runs a college in Bihar. And he is on the top of seat of that department which is responsible for all this.

3- Research: - Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) is working on the same methodology as in modern system called allopathy. Our system is individualistic which is different from other systems. So a diff method should be applied for research which should be quality based not number based/ individual based not disease based. In most of the research centers located in diff parts of the country, only paper work is done  (clinical or practically zero work).   What will be the future of system under such hands?

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4-Homoeo pharmaceutical Industry:- Pharmaceutical industry is also responsible is certain extent. They manufacture non homoeopathic principled patents/ mixtures etc. give huge incentives to doctors/ traders to boost their sales. They earn well but do very little for research & development of this system. Neophytes prefer shortcuts. They indulge in such practices ruining the basic and sacred image of this great science.  

5-Govt’s approach: - Homoeopathy is one of the four systems recognized in India for health care. There is separate directorate (AYUSH) in health ministry. Out of the total budget allocation only app 2% is given for health & family welfare which includes allopathy, Ayurveda, sidha + homoeopathy. Out of this meager amount only 5% is provided to AYUSH; From that only meager amount to Homoeopathy. Now one can well imagine the step motherly treatment given to the system. There are certain states like Maharashtra, Punjab etc where there is no Govt homoeo institutes. All the colleges are being run by only private bodies. So without govt’s patronage cost of education is beyond common mans reach.  Though few state govts and central health authorities have started homoeo dispensaries and hospitals, but  with meager or negligible allocation.

 

6- Seminars/Conferences- In no system or organizations in any where so many seminars or conferences are being held as in homoeopathy. Most of the conferences or seminars organized in diff parts of our country are just melaas (fair). No practical work just ha hula or political meetings/ time waste exercises or certain persons say it is money minting business; wasting delegate’s time + money.

 In spite of all this, still this science survives on its own merits. I am very optimist. Come what may; it will survive and exist in the years to come.
 NEED OF THE HOUR IS – MORE DEDICATED BRAINS LIKE THAT OF OUR RESPECTED PRESIDENT OF INDIA DR ABDUL KALAM, PM DR MANMOHAN SINGH JI, PROF. YASH PAL ETC who could sail out this system from this irony.

(Article based on various inputs like authors frequent personal visits to various institutes in diff states in India, news papers, homoeo journals/papers, websites etc.) This article is written not to tarnish any individual’s or institute’s image but to improve the shortcomings.