TNN – BHOPAL: The Hakeem Syed Ziaul Hassan Government Unani Medical College (Bhopal), the only Unani Medical College in Madhya Pradesh, is struggling for survival due to the continued apathy of the district administration, feel students of the college. Apprehensive of their future the students of Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) course fear that things will worsen with no admission being made the current year.
The Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), a parallel body equivalent to the Medical Council of India (MCI) for the Indian system of medicines did not allow fresh admissions to the College the current session. “No new batch has been added and with continued negligence we fear the college will lose its identification as a premier Unani medical college,” said BUMS student Mohammed Amir.
“It is the third time in four years that the Unani College has failed to fulfill the minimum criteria of Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) citing incomplete hospital building, inadequate facilities, lack of staff and incomplete infrastructure,” said CCIM State representative Dr Yousuf Khaleel. However, the state government’s Indian System of Medicine (ISM) Commissioner, Dr SD Agarwal and the Unani College principal, Dr Zaki Anwar Ansari both when contacted by TOI gave different assessments of the situation. “Ask the college principal why it failed to meet the CCIM criteria,” said an agitated ISM Commissioner, Dr Agarwal washing his hands off the problem. “The problem is the same with other Homeopathy, Ayurvedic and Unani hospital across the board, what can be done you tell me?” he asked.
To promote alternative Indian medicine the college received a grant of Rs 5 crore from the central government in 2007 of which only Rs 1.5 crore has been utilised.
The principal blamed Awas Sangh contractor for not meeting the hospital’s completion deadline. “Another ultimatum has been issued to the contractor for completing hospital building by December 2011,” said Dr Ansari. Other more potent issues besides that of a hospital building remain. “We advertised for B Sc nursing staff but there was not a single applicant,” said Dr Zaki, blaming the stringent criteria of CCIM. “We hope the rules would be amended and nurses with diploma would be allowed to apply,” he added.”The state government has failed to create the minimum infrastructure requirement for a Unani college,” said Dr Khaleel.
“There has been no improvement in the last 13 years,” said Dr Khaleel.