Special Correspondent

College fighting for survival with no space, funds for growth

A sum of Rs. 50 crore will be allocated to the GNTC by the Department of Ayush

Plea to MANUU to start pharmacy course as there were many pharmacy posts vacant

Hyderabad: The Government Nizamia Tibbi College, Hyderabad (GNTC), is set for a quantum jump in terms of development.

This follows the national institute status being accorded to the premier Unani college in the State. The recognition comes as a shot in the arm for the college and hospital which are fighting for survival with practically no space and funds for their growth.

The Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College, Karol Bagh, Delhi, is the other institute selected for the national status under the 11 {+t} {+h} plan by the Ministry of Health. A sum of Rs. 50 crore will be allocated to the GNTC by the Department of Ayush.

This piece of news has come not a day too soon for the GNTC which is conducting a national seminar on “Quality assurance of Unani drugs”.

The two-day seminar titled “Herbosem 2010” which began here on Thursday is being attended by Unani practitioners and experts from all over the country.

Syed Asad Pasha, deputy advisor, Unani, said the Dr. Abdul Haq Unani College, Kurnool, was sanctioned Rs. 2 crore. Complimenting the GNTC authorities, he said the ball was now in their court. They have to work to their optimum potential and take the Unani system of medicine to greater heights. He also requested the Maulana Azad National Urdu University to consider launching a pharmacy course as there were many pharmacy posts vacant.

Hakim S. Khaleefathullah, vice president, Central Council of Indian Medicine, asked the Unani practitioners not to prescribe the Allopathic medicine but stick to their own system. He stressed the need for an analytical laboratory to verify the quality of medicine as none knew the origin of the raw drugs coming into the market. He regretted that the Unani medicine was being exported as herbal medicine and said one should not compromise on the name.

Prof. Wahab Qaiser, Controller of Examinations, MANUU, said the University had a proposal to introduce pharmacy course. But for want of a regular vice chancellor the decision was pending.

Mir. Yousuf Ali, organising secretary, Herbosem, said the seminar aimed at discussing the rationalisation and validation of traditional medicine formulations and practices on scientific lines.