Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday inaugurated, what is claimed to be, the first Homeopathy University near here. Situated in Saipura village near Sanganer in the outskirts of Rajasthan capital, the residential Homoeopathy University, claimed to be first of its kind in the world as well, will offer a Bachelor's Degree in Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery (BHMS) and post graduation -- Doctor of Medicine in Homoeopathy (MD (Hom)).

Mr. Gehlot, who appreciated the initiative, announced a one-time grant of Rs.25 to the fledgling private sector institution which prompted the Jaipur MP, Mahesh Joshi, local MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari and other dignitaries on the dais also to announce their contributions which added up to a neat Rs.50 lakhs.

“We are proud of the fact that such an institution in homoeopathy has come up for the first time in the country and the world, in Rajasthan. Homoeopathy University has brought the small village of Saipura on the world map. Development of this village shall be my duty,” Mr. Gehlot said.

He said the National Homoeopathic Council should work in the direction of getting the six existing homoeopathy colleges affiliated to this university.

Alternative

Citing Mahatma Gandhi's observations on homoeopathy as an alternative medicine for poor, Mr. Gehlot said though the stream was invented by Samuel Hahnemann, India, especially Rajasthan, had many practitioners of it.

The homoeopathy medicines were both effective an affordable, he noted.

The Rajasthan Assembly had in the previous year passed legislation, Homeopathy University Act 2010, to facilitate the establishment of the institution.

Ramee Singh, President of the Central Council of Homoeopathy, said this university would prove a boon to youth as graduates and post graduates in homeopathy would have many openings in future as Medical Officers, Research Officers, lecturers, and would find employment in the Government and the private sector.