The Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) in its gazette notification allowed Ayurvedic PG passouts to receive formal training for such procedures.Now the Post Graduate (PG) students of Ayurveda would perform variety of general surgery, including orthopaedic, ophthalmology, ENT and dental.
The development indicates the growing emphasis on traditional medicine under the Narendra Modi government. The training modules for surgical procedures will be added to the curriculum of Ayurvedic studies, as per a new gazette notification. The development has come after the CCIM amended Indian Medicine Central Council (PG Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016, to include the regulation to allow the PG students of Ayurveda for practicing the general surgery.
“The Central Council of Indian Medicine, with the previous sanction of the Central Government, hereby makes the following regulations further to amend the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016,” the gazette notification read.
The act has been renamed Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Amendment Regulations, 2020.
“During the period of study, the PG scholar of Shalya and Shalakya shall be practically trained to acquaint (themselves) with as well aa independently perform the following activities so that after completion of his PG degree, he is able to perform the following procedures (list of the procedures) independently,” the gazette notification stated.
The notification informed that the students will be trained in two streams of surgery and would be awarded titles of MS (Ayurved) Shalya Tantra — (General Surgery and MS (Ayurved) Shalakya Tantra (Disease of Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Oro-Dentistry).
But the Ayush ministry on Sunday issued a statement clarifying the amendment, according to ANI. “Notification is specific to 58 specified surgical procedures & doesn’t allow Shalya & Shalakya PGs to take up any other surgeries,” it said.
The notification does not signify any policy shift & is a clarification of relevant provisions in previously existing regulations of 2016. Since beginning, Shalya and Shalakya are independent Departments in Ayurveda colleges, performing such surgical procedures: Ministry of Ayush
— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2020
In a letter on Saturday, the IMA said that the council has a “dubious reputation” for prescribing modern medicine textbooks to its students. It warned that mixing modern medicine with other systems or “poaching” disciplines of modern medicine was “foul play”. “IMA exhorts the Council to develop their own surgical disciplines from their own ancient texts and not claim the surgical discipline of Modern Medicine as its own,” the letter said. “Such a deviant practice is unbecoming of statutory body.”
The doctors’ association also urged the Centre to refrain from posting doctors of modern medicine at Indian medicine colleges. “IMA sees this development as a retrograde step of mixing the systems, which will be resisted at all costs,” it said. The association said that students and practitioners of modern medicine were agitated over the matter and asked what would be the sanctity of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, the examination for students to study undergraduate medical courses in India if such “lateral shortcuts” are taken.
#IMA unequivocally condemns uncivil ways of the Central Council of Indian Medicine to arrogate itself to vivisect Modern Medicine and empower its practitioners with undeserving areas of practice.@PMOIndia @drharshvardhan pic.twitter.com/NvQhEpkKNk
— Indian Medical Association (@IMAIndiaOrg) November 21, 2020
The doctors’ association asked the government to withdraw the order and teach Indian medicine disciplines based on its texts. It also asked the National Medical Commission to take action in this regard. “NMC is equally responsible to protect the purity of modern medicine,” the letter said.