The government of India has planned to set up an All India Institute of Homeopathy at Narela, New Delhi. The initiative taken by the ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Yuan, Siddha and Homeopathy) aims to fill the lacuna in the field of homeopathy education.
According to Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, this institute will be developed as a centre of excellence with a focus on fundamental research, drug safety regulation and standardisation, quality control including scientific validation of homeopathy. The institute will undertake post graduate and doctoral education related to the discipline of homeopathy including interdisciplinary studies.
With an intake capacity of 60 postgraduate students, the institute will provide degrees of MD and Ph.D including reorientation training and continuing medical education to homeopathic physicians and teachers alike. This would be backed by a state-of-the-art tertiary care hospital with facilities for clinical research which would, according to the minister, establish standard in the field of education, research and therapy at the highest level including both national and international forms. Thus the institute is expected to serve as a model for other institutions to emulate.
Homeopathy, though chastised by some medical fraternity bodies like Australian and British National Health and Medical Council as pseudo-science, is quite popular in India. In fact, it is said to have found a favor in as early as in 1835 when Maharana Ranjit Singh of Lahore invited Dr. John Martin Honigberger for the treatment of his paralysed vocal chords with feet swelling. However, it is Dr. Salzar of Vienna who is credited as the founder of homeopathic education in India. He influenced Dr. P C Majumdar who, along with Dr. Roy, Dr. Banerjee, and Dr. Younan, established the first homeopathic college in India under the name ‘Calcutta Homeopathic Medical College’ in 1878.
After independence, the Central Research Institute was established in Ghaziabad under the Homeopathy Central Councils Act, 1973 for standardisation of education and practice in the field of Homeopathy treatment. However, it is with the proposed college for higher education that a definitive step is being undertaken to address the inherent lacunae of homeopathic education. This institute will undertake interdisciplinary research, primarily focusing on best possible homeopathic treatment within the skeleton of traditional homeopathic principles and their applicable correlation with biomolecular western medicines.
The total expected cost of the institute is around Rs 302.16 crore with a time limit of around 60 months for completion. That would include around 36 months of construction work in projects.
After establishment, the proposed institute would consist of 10 departments and 10 speciality clinics with interdisciplinary research laboratories wherein the MD and Ph.D students will have access to 60 scholars. The institute would also include an International Centre for research and global promotion of the science of homeopathy.
Some of the goals which the Institute is expected to achieve includes bringing synergy between homeopathy and modern diagnostics, technology and management; highlighting principles of homeopathy; developing a knowledge centre for research and therapy monitoring, recording, evaluation, and feedback. Further, the institute is also expected to promote collaborative research with various research and development institutions at national and international level and function as an apex body for international collaboration in India.