The process of acquiring land for setting up the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) is stuck in red tapism.
It was six years ago when the Ministry of Health and Family welfare planned to set up the state’s first degree college in Yoga and Naturopathy along with a hospital on a 25 acre land in Kondhwa.
As the land belongs to the state health ministry, the officials of the central government affiliated National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN) have been running pillar to post to get the land from the state counterparts.
If sanctioned, it would be the first such medical college for the state. “Since 2007, the department of AYUSH is planning to set a full-fledged degree college and introduce the Bachelor in Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS), a five-and-half year degree course,” said Dr Babu Joseph, director of NIN, Pune.
At present, BNYS is the highest qualification in the field of Naturopathy & Yoga and considered at par with any other medical degrees.
He added that there is a great scope for the development in Yoga & Naturopathy research in Maharashtra and people from international community are turning towards such therapies with a lot of interest.
“After identifying the land, we then went to the state health ministry. We were told that we have to purchase the land from the state government and asked to go to the revenue department. The then cost of the land was close to Rs6 crore and the department of AYUSH was ready to pay. We asked them to expedite the process, however the process did not speed up. We have now met the state’s revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat and the response from him is positive. But the file is now in Mantralaya and as per the current evaluation, the cost of the land is Rs 8 crore,” said Joseph.
He said that they are meeting the bureaucrats and the officials of the revenue ministry and even the collector office to expedite the process.
When asked about the syllabus and which university the college would be affiliated to, he said that in every state, the college is affiliated to the respective medical university. In Maharashtra, it would be affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik and they have asked their academic advisory board to design the syllabus.
The first batch would consist of 50 students
AYUSH is planning to expand the post graduate courses and also start a research wing
The other 15 colleges are in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh , Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh