Homoeopathy Current Affairs
Lok Sabha has passed Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 by voice vote to replace Ordinance promulgated by President in May 2018. It amends Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 which sets up Central Council of Homoeopathy and regulates homoeopathic education and practice
Key Features of Bill
Supersession of Central Council: The Bill amends 1973 Act to provide for supersession of Central Council with effect from May 18, 2018. The Council will be reconstituted within 1 year from date of its supersession. In the interim period, Board of Governors constituted by central government will exercise powers of Central Council.
Board of Governors: It will consist of up to seven members including persons of eminence in field of homoeopathy education, eminent administrators, appointed by Union Government. The Central Government will select one of these members as Chairperson of Board. With regard to policy decisions, directions of the central government will be final.
Permission for existing homoeopathy colleges: The Bill states that if any homoeopathy medical college has been established or if any established homoeopathy medical college has opened new courses or increased its admission capacity before ordinance was promulgated, then it will have to seek permission from Union Government within 1 year. If homoeopathy medical college fails to seek such permission, then medical qualification granted by it to student will not be recognised under this law.
India’s first state of art virology laboratory was inaugurated at Dr. Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy in Kolkata, West Bengal.
The lab will play important in developing new drugs and technologies in Homoeopathy to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases.
The laboratory is only one of its kind in India for conducting basic and fundamental research in Homoeopathy for viral diseases like influenza, dengue, chickunguniya, Japanese encephalitis and swine flu (H1N1). It will develop new drugs and technologies to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases. The laboratory is recognized by Calcutta University to undertake research work of PhD students in field of homoeopathy.