After Centre ‘drops’ bridge course: Maharashtra enrolls 1200 homoeopathic practitioners for modern pharmacology course
While the Union cabinet dropped the controversial bridge course for practitioners of alternative medicine to study basic allopathy from the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research has decided to continue modern pharmacology course in Maharashtra.
Classes have already started for the second batch that has admitted 1,200 students.
“The Centre may have dropped the bridge course from the NMC bill but it has given each state the right to decide whether to continue,” Dr Pravin Shingare, the Director, Medical Education and Research, Maharashtra, said. “We will continue with this certificate course,” Shingare told
In the first batch, 700 registered homeopathic practitioners had been admitted and had taken the exams. The results were declared last month. Another batch of 1,200 practitioners has been admitted across 24 government and private medical colleges in the state and theory classes have already started, officials said.
Dr Bahubali Shah, the former president of the Maharashtra Homeopathy Council who campaigned for such a bridge course said 75 per cent of the homoeopaths in the state were practicing allopathy.
There is a only basic understanding about allopathic drugs and hence, this course provides an opportunity to get a better understanding, he said.
About 70,000 registered homoeopths in Maharashtra.