TAMIL NADU

Meet on indigenous systems of medicine

CHENNAI Jan. 28. An international conference on the role of Indian systems of medicine and homoeopathy to create an interdisciplinary awareness and a scientific platform for exchange of ideas will be held here from February 1, the Commissioner of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy, M.F. Farooqui, said today.

Talking to presspersons here, he said the two-day meet would be attended by all registered practitioners of the ISM, besides scientists from fields such as biotechnology and the Taramani Institute of Basic Sciences and Jammu and Kashmir and Tibet. About 1,300 delegates would be participating. There would be 111presentations and two awards of Rs. 5,000 for the best papers. The best poster presentation would also receive an award. A single theme symposium on HIV disease would be organised.

The conference would explore the possibilities of establishing a common meeting ground for ISM and allopathy, Mr. Farooqui said.

Meanwhile, work on the proposed Institute of Siddha, to come up on 41 acres near the TB Sanatorium, would begin next month. The expenses would be shared by the State Government on a 60:40 ratio and admissions for MD courses would begin in June 2004.

The State has 16,000 practitioners of Indian systems of medicine. All taluk and non-taluk hospitals would have one ISM practitioner, following the decision to recruit 500 doctors to these hospitals.

On January 31, a pre-conference session on continuing medical education for medical students and practitioners would focus on various methods of treatment in Indian medicine — yoga, varma, panchakarma, naturopathy and Unani.

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