Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The grand old Tibbia College at Karol Bagh in the Capital, founded by the great patriot Hakim Ajmal Khan and whose foundation was laid by Mahatma Gandhi, would be developed now as a university in recognition of its contributions in the field of Ayurvedic and Unani system of medicine, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced during a visit to the college on Wednesday.

Ms. Dikshit, who inaugurated a 60-bed maternity and child block in Tibbia College Hospital, said the college has national importance because of its contribution in the field of Ayurvedic and Unani medicine and therefore deserves to be upgraded as a university. She said the Delhi Government would ensure that it regains its glory and renders more substantial contribution in research and development of the ancient medicine systems.

National conference

The Chief Minister, who also declared open a national conference on “Shalya Ayurved Sambhasha-2008”, emphasised the need for integration of these two systems of medicine with Allopathy saying they supplemented each other. Nearly 50 medical practitioners and experts are taking part in the meet.

The Chief Minister also announced that a big herbal park would come up in Ayurved Institute at Khera Dabar which would start imparting Ayurvedic medical education from the next academic session. The institute is being developed over an area of 95 acres in the Capital at an estimated cost of Rs.102 crore.

Health Minister Yoganand Shastri expressed confidence that the new Maternity Centre at Tibia College Hospital would help in meeting the medical needs of the women of nearby colonies.