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Govt level interaction necessary to promote Siddha system in neighbouring countries

Govt level interaction necessary to promote Siddha system in neighbouring countries


Chennai, June 13, 2022:

 

Associations of Siddha practitioners should come together on a common platform to apprise the Government of India for interacting with neighbouring countries to support the Siddha system through recognition of qualification and promotion of practice.

The Ministry of Ayush has reached an understanding with several countries, especially among the ASIAN nations, for promotion of Indian traditional medicines. However, the Siddha system is not getting advanced to higher stages through acceptance and by way of education by foreign nationals. This is mainly because of lack of proper awareness among the people and among the rulers, observes Dr. TT Narayanan, secretary of the Centre for Traditional Medicines and Research (CTMR), Chennai.
 
In a discussion with Pharmabiz following a demand made by the Malaysian Indian Siddha Practitioners that they are in dire need of support from India to promote the system there, Dr. Narayanan said although the union ministry of Ayush has extended financial support to foreign nationals to study Ayush systems in various popular institutions in India, no student from the neighbouring country is showing interest to undertake any programme. Educational programmes like UG, PG and Ph D can be done here through the fellowship scheme of the Central government. This lack of concern on the part of students happens because of no knowledge about the scheme and the systems in foreign countries.
 
Talking about the need of the Siddha practitioners in Malaysia, Dr. Narayanan said in the last 10 years period, only one student has come to Chennai National Institute of Siddha to do the degree course, BSMS. Janani, a Malaysian national, has now joined the institute again for her master program with financial assistance from the Ministry of Ayush. But, no other student has so far turned up to do either a degree or a diploma in Varma in any other institute in India.
 
He said the Government of India has introduced the fellowship scheme to achieve recognition and acceptance in foreign countries for our traditional medicine systems.
 
When asked about the MoU with the ASIAN countries, the Siddha expert said he had visited Malaysia two times as the government of India’s representative to explain to the traditional practitioners there about the Indian system of medicines. He said he could understand that there was no qualified Siddha professional in Malaysia, but the practitioners were traditional healers. No Siddha drug manufacturing company in India is exporting their products to Malaysia because there is no market. Since no qualified doctor is there for prescribing medicines, no pharmacy of Siddha or Ayurveda medications can be opened there. But the government of Malaysia is very much supportive to Indian traditional systems.
 
When asked about the Unani system in Malaysia, Dr. TTN said it is ubiquitous and is promoted well in that country.  
 
Just before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, CTMR team had visited Sri Lanka on the advice of the Union Ayush Ministry to speak about India’s traditional systems. Referring to his trip, Dr. TTN said the Sri Lankan Indian people are very much fond of Indian medicines and the government there promotes Ayurveda and Siddha. In the northern province of Sri Lanka, there are two Siddha medical colleges and the teachers as well as the students comprise Sri Lankan and Tamil orgins.
 
Pointing to the discriminatory attitude of certain ASIAN countries, the secretary of CTMR said in UAE, Ayurveda is a recognized system and approval has been given for practice. But, Siddha is still sidelined. Although several Siddha graduates from Shanthigiri Siddha Medical College in Kerala have gone there, they are unable to practice their system in the Arabian countries. Pharmabiz