For a better future in Homoeopathy – convocation speech

Thought provoking,interesting and inspirational convocation speech by Dr Mansoor Ali, Asst.Professor Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College Calicut.

You lived here together, shared many dreams… And today, we are drained by the pangs of separation. Here begins the incessant agony of a farewell, of many farewells to come.

Every adieu must be tear-laden. None of us wish to leave behind the flambouyance of the campus, the romance of youth, the serenity of the shadowed corridors of the campus and the dins and fun of hostel life. Such a fleeting time in the midst of grievances and exasperations has engraved bittersweet memories, fortunate moments, joys and the pains of departure in our hearts forever.

We teachers don’t believe that we have given you all. There may be downsides, but always remember: Success is the result of 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. And we believe that we have been able to endow that 10% inspiration to you.

Let’s remember one thing here – that India is the largest empire of Homoeopathy. 3 lakhs registered practitioners, 180 undergraduate colleges, 32 post-graduate colleges, 7500 dispensaries, 700 medicine factories, over 400 hospitals are all our assets. Degree and postgraduation education in Homoeopathy based on a standard syllabus is provided only in India.

Homoeopathy was established in Kerala in the year 1928. The first Govt. Dispensary was started in 1958 and in 1960, the first Homoeopathic medical college was instituted. Now we have 5 colleges, more than 500 Govt. Dispensaries, 31 hospitals, 12 ESI hospitals, 2 research centers, a public sector medicine factory with a huge income, many private medicine factories and many graduate and post-graduate qualified doctors.

But, in a survey done by NGO some time ago, it was revealed that only 10% of Keralites depend on Homoeopathy for their important treatments and medical care requirements. The population in Kerala is 3.28 crores. So, though Homoeopathy was established in Kerala in 1928, though Homoeopathic medicine was taught since 1960, if only 10% of the people still depend on Homoeopathy, we are definitely at fault to a great extent.

There’s another side to this fact, which is very significant as far as you who graduate from this institution are concerned. Once, a footwear company sent two marketing executives to Africa to study the marketing possibilities. The first executive reported: No one wears footwear here, so our product has no market in this place. The second man reported: No one wears footwear here, so we have got a big chance at marketing here.

This is just the opportunity you have. 90% of Kerala’s population is right before you. Endless opportunities of private practice is open before your eyes. It has to be used fruitfully. If you can create good awareness about Homoeopathy among people, if you have much expertise in Homoeopathic medical science, the opportunities are boundless and great future awaits you.

Have you ever imagined how many hours you have been in the classes in this campus?

I BHMS: 1610 hrs

II BHMS: 1065 hrs

III BHMS: 950 hrs

IV BHMS: 1175 hrs

A total of 4800 hours. And how many of these 4800 hours have you utilized fruitfully? How many hours have the teachers tried to teach well? Really, ask yourself. Why I’m bringing this to notice is just to tell you that when you get into postgraduate studies, or even in the life ahead, you must be capable of utilizing time productively. To make valuable contributions to humanity, to the society and to the world, is what we all should try in this ephemeral life.

Our institutions that are supposed to be centers of great thoughts and scientific researches and discoveries, apart from mere curricular examinations are turning out to be playgrounds of irresponsible bunches. Our dreams should not be in the hands of the few dumb heads who think there is no science but theirs.

I feel ashamed to see the Principals of regular MD colleges and controlling officers claiming strongly for the affiliation of postal MD. Quacks learn Homoeopathy by postal subscription. Some of us do post graduation through the same.

Readers are leaders.
You can’t keep up with the new society and be competent in a world of modern health requirements and information influx without learning anything new, without attaining updated knowledge. Read Homoeopathic books a hundred times and you would still find something new  every time you read. And that – knowledge – is the only wealth that no one can rob you of.

Our brain is compared to iron – the more it is used, the more it shines. And if not used, it rusts. It is only natural that memorizing power and intelligence goes up the graph in those who read more and more as life advances. And only those who do so can survive in this field.

Life should be filled with hopes, goals, determination and optimism. All individuals who have attained highest of levels generally cultivated the essential habit of optimism. Without optimism, life loses its lustre and hardship appears at every step. Only those who fought against their limits have been able to find a place in the history of man.

The success achieved through one’s own hard work and pride shines high. “You cannot get into the ocean without getting wet, you cannot get into the fire without getting burned,” said Swami Chinmayananda.

You must be able to leave behind your own trail of ideals and paradigm for this one medical science and for the society. Only then would your life hold some meaning and purpose. After all, what’s the point in living like just another human on earth? Do something to mark your life. This system or the society should remember that you have done something worthy while you lived, even after your time.

Life is a total account of so many unexpected events, said Khalil Gibran. Unexpected losses, untimely departure of near and dear ones, all these are part of life.

Recently, a few girls from our region resorted to suicide. Reasons maybe many things. But still what I have to tell the kids in front of me is that the ultimate goal of your life should not be a good spouse. There are several things to achieve in life. A good spouse should be considered a goal only as important as the position of a good doctor in the society, a good job, a good home and transport and the likes. If that takes the beginning and end of our goals, if the idea of a good spouse is what we think will help us nail it, we would breakdown when there is a strife in family life. But think this way – if someone closes the door of life, another one will definitely come to open it.

Dear girls, I have no idea where you are or would be after marriage but after the glitters of married life fades away in six months, you will start feeling the need to practise what you learned. Strange place with no one to guide, where you don’t even know if Homoeopathy exists. A kind of insecurity! That’s where you should remember the second marketing executive of the footwear company.

Our mind always seems to be in a comfortable position. But never keep the fickle mind of a gypsy. Wherever you are, u have to learn to get your roots right there. Or you would never know where you belong. The gratification of earning a few bucks with the career you have been learning for, for a good part of your youth is absolutely incomparable, no matter how rich your husband is. You spent the most energetic part of your life studying Homoeopathy and if that’s left behind unused, aren’t those six years just lost irretrievably? Don’t let that happen!

There’s this extremely inspiring thought in Paulo Coelho’s famous novel Alchemist: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

We have duties to the society, and in the midst of all these dreams and goals, that shouldn’t be forgotten. We learnt at the expense of the people’s tax. Make sure you don’t keep yourself away as if you’re not a part of the community and society. As if you owe them nothing. There is a need to be part of the cultural, social welfare and such events in the community we live in. And beware of being a career-oriented youth busily preoccupied with selfish matters, who doesn’t raise their voice for rights or against vices, or without being conscientious regarding the social evils and unnecessary dogmas.

Now, you embark on your journey laden with purpose. And bear in mind the truth that you belong to those who are supposed to perform a historical duty with a strong sense of destination, with regard to the survival and harmonious existence of this medical science. You must have good vision, loyalty and dedication!

Give something to Homoeopathy, it will give you much more,” said Caroll Dunham.

Our paths diverge here, but let’s keep travelling through a path of passion. And keep a smile in store for those who might come your way and travel together…

Transcribed by Sana Rose


  1. ഹോമിയോപതിക്കൊരു സപെഷൃൽ ട്വീറ്റ്മെൻറ്റ്

    ആദൃമേ ഞാൻ പറയാം ഈ ലേഖനം ഒരു വിമർശനമല്ല. ഒരു അവലോകനം മാത്വമാണ്. മൂക്കറ്റം വെള്ളത്തിൽ കൈകാലിട്ടടിക്കുമ്ബോൾ എങ്ങനെ കരകയറാം എന്ന ചിന്ത. എനിക്ക് ബോദൃമായ സംഗതികളിൽ തന്നെ തുടങ്ങാം.
    ഹോമിയോപതി എന്ന ശാസ്ത്വ ശാഖ ഇനി കേരളത്തിൽ വികസിക്കാൻ പോകുന്നില്ല, എന്ന് മാത്വമല്ല പെട്ടിയിലടക്കം ചെയ്യാറായി എന്ന് ഹെൽത്ത് ഡിപ്പാർട്ട്മെൻറ്റ് സാക്ഷൃ പെടുത്തുന്നു. മരണാസന്നമായ നിലയിൽ പെയിൻ & പാലിയേറ്റിവ് കെയറിൽ അവസാന നിമിഷങ്ങൾക്കായി കാത്തുകിടക്കുന്നു.
    മാറി വരുന്ന സർക്കാരുകൾ ഒന്നും ചെയ്യുന്നില്ല എന്ന് വിലപിക്കുന്നവരുടെ അറിവിലേക്ക്. മോഡേൺ മെഡിസിൻ 3 ഇരട്ടി സഹായം ഹോമിയോപതിക്ക് ലഭിക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. അവരുടെ ഡെവലപ്പ്ൻറ്റ് standards ൻറ്റെ 10% മാത്വമാണ് വാർഷികമായി ലഭിക്കുന്നതെങ്കിൽ നമുക്കത് 30% ആണ്. അവരുടെ ഡെവലപ്പ്ൻറ്റ് standards കാരണം നമ്മളത് കാണുന്നില്ല എന്ന് മാത്വമാണ്. സർക്കാരിനേയോ ഹെൽത്തനേയോ പഴിച്ചിട്ട് യാതൊരു കാരൃവുമില്ല.

    നമ്മൾ എവിടെ നിന്ന് തിരുത്തി തുടങ്ങും. തിരുത്തേണ്ട സമയം അതിക്വമിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു.തിരുത്താൻ എല്ലാവരും ബാദ്ധൃസ്ഥരാണ്.ഇതിൽ കേരളത്തിൽ 10000ത്തോളം വരുന്ന homoeopathsൽ ഏവർക്കും തുല്ലൃ ഉത്തരവാദിതൃം ആണ്.നമുക്ക് ബേസിക്സിൽ നിന്ന് തന്നെ തുടങ്ങാം.
    നമുക്കു കിട്ടുന്ന ഫണ്ടുകൾ ശരിക്കും വേസ്റ്റാകകുകയാണ് നമ്മൾ ചെയ്യുന്നത്.ദീർഘവീക്ഷണത്തോട്കൂടി ഫണ്ടുകൾ കൈകാരൃം ചെയ്യുവാൻ നമുക്കൊരു efficient management and monitoring system വേണം. ഒരു ദീർഘ കാലടിസ്ഥാനത്തിലുള്ള planning വേണം.
    ഇത് മാത്വം മതിയോ, പോര. അവരവരുടെ ഉത്തരവാദിതൃങ്ങൾ കൃതൃമായി നിർവഹിക്കുകയും വേണം. സർവീസിലുള്ളവരും വിദ്ധൃാഭൃാസ മേഖലയിലുള്ളവരും വിദ്ധൃാർത്ഥികൾ ഉൾപടെയുള്ളവർ നമ്മുടെ സാമുഹിക പ്വശ്നമായി കണ്ട് ഇതിനായി പ്വവർത്തിക്കണം.
    വിദ്ധൃാർത്ഥികൾ കുറച്ചുകൂടി ഉത്തരവാദിതൃ ബോദമുള്ളവരായി മാറണം.എങ്ങനേയും പടിച്ച് ജോലിക്ക് കയറാം എന്ന ചിന്ത മാത്വമാകരുത്.കളമുണ്ടായാൽ മാത്വമേ ചവട്ടി നിൽക്കാൻ കഴിയു.അതല്ല ബിരുദ്ധമെടുത്തു മറ്റു മേഖലകളിലേക്ക് പോകാനാണ് ഉദ്ദേശമെങ്കിൽ ഇങ്ങോട്ട് വരരുത്. നിങ്ങൾ നശിപ്പിക്കുന്നത് മറ്റൊരാളുടെ ഭാവിയും സർക്കാരിൻറ്റെ പണവുമാണ്.നിങ്ങളുടെ ചിലവുകൾ തന്ന് പഠിപ്പിക്കുന്നുണ്ടെങ്കിൽ നിങ്ങളിൽ നിന്ന് തിരിച്ചും സർക്കാർ പലതും പ്വതീക്ഷിക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. ആ പ്വതീക്ഷയിലാണവർ നിങ്ങൾക്കായി ചിലവഴിക്കുന്നതും.

    ഹോമിയോപതി മെഡിക്കൽ കോളേജുകൾ പൂർണമായും 24*7 ആക്കണം ആര് എതിർത്താലും.വിദ്ധൃാഭൃാസ മേഖല റസിഡൻഷൃലുമാക്കണം.റൂറൽ പോസ്റ്റിങ് തിരികെ കൊണ്ട് വരണം.ഈ കോളേജുകളിലുള്ള സൌകരൃങ്ങൾ മോഡേൺ മെഡിസിൻ വിഭാഗത്തിലുള്ള കോളേജുകളിൽ എങ്ങനെ പ്വവർത്തിക്കുന്നുവോ അത് പോലെ തന്നേ പ്വാവർത്തികമാക്കണം. കോളേജ് കൃാപസിലൊതുങ്ങാതെ റൂറൽ ഏരിയകളിലേക്ക് സന്നദ്ധ സംഘടനകളുടെ സഹായങ്ങളോടെ മെഡിക്കൽ കൃാപുകൾ സജീവമാക്കുക.കേരളത്തിൽ ചില സ്ഥലങ്ങളിൽ നമുക്ക് വൻ സ്വീകാരൃതയുണ്ട്. എന്നാൽ കൂടുതൽ സ്ഥലങ്ങളിലും അവർക്ക് വലിയ അറിവില്ല. മിക്കവർക്കും മിതൃാ ധാരണകളാണുള്ളത്.ഇവിടങ്ങളിൽ ബോധവൽക്കരണ ക്ളാസുകൾ ശക്തമാക്കണം. Will be continued……………..

  2. Well done, sir……..Truly it is an inspirational word to make all the Homoeopaths especially Girls as u say, after marriage to think of & strive to practice Homoeopathy with what weapons they have in their hands….so that as u said, the world will slowly start up for their help because every sincere work will have its own pay………

  3. Well done Dr Masoor, U hv given very good lecture to upcoming homoeopaths. I think they still lack some moral education. Practical training is second lacking in our institutions.

  4. Right sir we all homoeopth reach to our indian people & give our best knowledge & result to them for confidence in homoeopathic medicine..

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