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Successful Completion of National Conference on Unani Medicines

Integration and synergy of all medical systems is the need of the hour to address the health challenges we are facing today. The two-day National Conference on Unani Medicine was organized by the

Dr. Sangeeta Soi

Integration and synergy of all medical systems is the need of the hour to address the health challenges we are facing today. The two-day National Conference on Unani Medicine was organized by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) as a part of 3rd Unani Day Celebration here in New Delhi. The conference elaborated the contributions and potentials of Unani Medicine in public health and highlighted that it can effectively treat many diseases that are not treated in other medical systems. 

Event's Highlights 

  • The presentation of 40 papers was the highlight of the event which was accompanied by 1300 delegates, resource persons, academicians, researchers, students and industry representatives participated in the conference.

  • Exchange of MoU for scientific collaboration in Unani Medicine between the CCRUM and Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi.

  • Modernization of Unani Medicine and other traditional systems of medicine keeping their principles and basics intact. 

Shri Pramod Kumar Pathak, Additional Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, addressing the valedictory session, appreciated the CCRUM for organizing such a successful conference and congratulated the recipients of AYUSH Awards for Unani Medicine. 

In his address, Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Srinagar emphasized the need for modernization of Unani Medicine and other traditional systems of medicine keeping their principles and basics intact.  

Speaking on the occasion Prof. Akhtarul Wasey President, Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur said that with the largest infrastructure for teaching, research and practice, India is undoubtedly the world leader. He urged the Ministry of AYUSH and the Government of India to upgrade Ayurvedic & Unani Tibbia College to a full-fledged university. 

Padma Shri Prof. Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman urged to maintain the principles and identities of different systems of medicine and preserve our medical legacy. Paying tribute to Hakim Ajmal Khan, he said that he was an unmatched and genius personality and a symbol of unity in diversity. The programme was dignified by Padma Shri Dr M.A. Waheed who emphasised on validation of traditional systems of medicine on scientific parameters for the globalization of Unani Medicine. 

Prof. Asim Ali Khan, Director General, CCRUM informed that during the eight scientific sessions, the conference had deliberations on Integration of Unani Medicine in Healthcare Delivery System, Management of Chronic Diseases in Unani Medicine, Public Health Programs, Unani Medicine for Geriatric Care, Unani Medicine for Mother and Child Healthcare, Quality Control in Traditional Medicine, Emerging Research Trends in Unani Medicine, and Way Forward for Globalization of Unani Medicine. The conference also had a panel discussion on Challenges in Market Development for Unani Medicine – An Interface Between Academia, Industry and Researchers and three keynote addresses on Unani Medicine for Public Health. In the presence of experts, luminaries, scholars of Unani Medicine, the conference proved an ample platform for healthy discussion and brainstorming of ideas and creation of better avenues in further utilizing the strength of Unani Medicine in public health issues.  

The conference was inaugurated yesterday by Dr. Najma Heptulla, Hon’ble Governor of Manipur in the presence of Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Hon’ble Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH, Government of India, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of AYUSH, Dr. Mohd Tahir, Advisor (Unani), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and Prof. Asim Ali Khan, Director General, CCRUM. 

On this occasion, AYUSH Awards for Unani Medicine were conferred on Dr. Arshiya Sultana, National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM), Bangalore, Dr. Noman Anwar, CCRUM, Dr. Jamal Akhtar, CCRUM, Dr. Nasreen Jahan, NIUM, Bangalore, Prof. Tanzeel Ahmad, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, Prof. Mohd Aslam, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, Prof. Khalid Zaman Khan, AMU, Aligarh, Prof. Naeem Ahmad Khan, AMU, Aligarh and Prof. M A Jafri, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi. The awards comprised a citation, a shawl and a cash award ranging from Rs 50,000 to 200,000 each. 

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