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Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai February 19 , 2024
More than ten thousand Ayurveda practitioners including five thousand Ayurveda graduates (BAMS) and an equal number of PG diploma holders (Ayurveda Visharad) and state diploma holders in Ayurveda (DAM) in Telangana are facing difficulties in getting recognition of the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) due to the absence of a state medical council for Ayurveda as per NCISM guidelines.
The absence of a state medical council for ISM becomes a bottleneck for the Ayurveda practitioners of Telangana to practice their profession in other states because the NCISM has not approved the Board of Indian Medicine of the state as an affiliate of it.
It is learnt that the Board of Indian Medicine (BIM) Telangana, under which the Ayurveda, Uanani and Homoeopathy graduates and diploma holders register their certificates, is not recognized by the NCISM because of technical hurdles. Because of this, a registered Ayurveda graduate or a diploma practitioner from Telangana cannot practice their profession in other states, says Dr. Jagadeeswar Prasad, state coordinator of the National Medical Association (Ayurveda).
Responding to the issues faced by the Ayurveda practitioners in the sister-states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Prasad said the National Medical Association has taken up the issue with the government and the Department of ISM is following it. He said there were two private Ayurveda medical colleges in the state previously, but both of them were shut down due to non-recognition by the CCISM five years ago.
He said the BIM requires affiliation with NCISM and until and unless the board is recognized, the registered graduates should not get recognition from the central council or the NCISM for Pan India identification. Since the AP state has taken the steps to constitute one medical council, the graduates in Andhra Pradesh will not have to suffer further. This is a burning issue which needs to be sorted out immediately, said Dr. Prasad who is working as the medical officer of a government Ayurveda hospital in Warangal.
Talking about the acceptance of traditional medicines in Telangana, he said the number of patients in all the government dispensaries, NHM centres, district hospitals and in medical colleges is increasing day by day. All the centres are lacking several medicines, but quality medicines procured from Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are supplying to the hospitals. There are 350 dispensaries, 450 NHM centres, four district hospitals and two medical colleges for Ayurveda in Telangana. These institutions are working under the ISM commissioner.
He said the state of Telangana faces shortage of raw materials for the preparation of ayurvedic formulations, so the manufacturing industry is not booming. However, there were some units earlier engaged in the production of ayurvedic preparations, but all of them had to close down because of no support.

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