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By Abdul Bari Masoud

New Delhi: Out of 42 Unani medicine colleges spread across the country, not a single Unani college fulfills the MSR (Minimum Standard Requirements) prescribed by the regulating body- ‘Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM). This was revealed by CCIM vice- president, Dr. Rashidullah Khan at a symposium on the ‘Welfare of Unani Doctors’ organized by the All India Tibbi Congress here on August 17, in which noted Unani academicians, physicians and practitioners have also expressed concern over the falling standard of this age-old system of medicine. Speaking at the symposium, Dr. Rashidullah Khan said the Central Council has been framing and implementing various regulations including the Curricula and Syllabi in Indian Systems of Medicine viz. Ayurved, Siddha and Unani Tibb at Under-graduate and Post-graduate level, but Unani colleges have been found wanting on many counts. Emphasizing the need of improving the quality of Unani education and colleges in the country, he said “not a single Unani Tibbi college in the country fulfills the MSR (Minimum Standard Requirements) drawn by the CCIM”. “Our evaluation process found that many Unani colleges lack facility for teaching and training, apart from not paying salaries to staff,” he added. Echoing his views, former Dean of Faculty of Unani Medicine in Aligarh Muslim University, Prof Afzaal Ahmad said that there is a dearth of competent and high-quality teachers in Unani colleges.