TAMIL NADU

“Undergraduate courses to have English section soon”

a necessity: Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests S. Regupathy, second from left, releasing a booklet on ‘Siddhars’ in Pudukottai on Saturday. The Principal Secretary to Department of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy, G.A. Rajkumar (left) is also seen.

a necessity: Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests S. Regupathy, second from left, releasing a booklet on ‘Siddhars’ in Pudukottai on Saturday. The Principal Secretary to Department of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy, G.A. Rajkumar (left) is also seen.  

Staff Reporter

In the interest of non-Tamil knowing students: Principal Secretary

PUDUKOTTAI: The Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy will start one section with English as the medium of instruction in each of the undergraduate courses being offered by its colleges across Tamil Nadu. Presently, the courses are being offered with Tamil as the medium of instruction.

The need for starting the English section has become imperative in the interest of a large number of non-Tamil knowing students getting admitted into these colleges, the Principal Secretary, Department of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy, G. A. Rajkumar, said while talking to the media persons on the sidelines of the day-long regional level conference on the ‘Role of Siddha system of medicine in geriatric care’ held here on Saturday.

Mr. Rajkumar said that the English medium section would be started for the undergraduate courses from the forthcoming academic year (2009-10) at the Government Siddha Medical Colleges in Palayamkottai and Chennai; Government Unani Medical College and the Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College, both in Chennai; Government Homeopathy Medical College in Tirumangalam in Madurai district.

He said that the Centre had sanctioned Rs.600 crore to the Directorate during the XI Five Year Period.

Of it, Rs. 50 crore had been allotted for improving the infrastructure for the colleges by construction of additional herbal gardens, additional class-rooms, purchase of latest books for libraries and modern equipment for laboratories.

The Siddha unit had been started at 464 out of the total 1,464 Primary Health Centres in the state so far. It had been planned to start the unit at another 134 PHCs at an expenditure of Rs.13 crore.

Earlier, addressing the Siddha doctors at the conference, he said that the increasing health problems being faced by persons aged over and above 65 years was a matter of serious concern. He appealed to the Siddha doctors to take special steps for ensuring geriatric care. It had been estimated that India, by the end of 2015 AD, would account for a population of 11 crore of persons aged above 65 years. The aged persons suffered from osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, joint pain, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, degenerative neuropathies, geriatric urinary disorders.

He said that plans to open exclusive out-patient and in-patient departments for geriatric care at various hospitals and introduction of a special insurance cover for the aged persons were under active consideration.

The Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, S. Regupathy, who inaugurated the conference, spoke on the efficacy of Indian systems of medicine. He said that a section of tribals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, who were immune to any ailment for generations together, were recently developing some ailment or other due to their shift in their dietary habit.

District Collector Reeta Harish Thakkar also spoke.

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