The Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) by Govt of India has signed two MoUs with institutions of higher education of Canada and Armenia. These MoUs between CCRH and College of Homeopaths of Ontario, Canada and another between CCRH and Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia, were signed during the ongoing International Convention on World Homoeopathy Day which is being held in Delhi.
Shripad Yesso Naik, minister of state for Ayush, appreciated that Homoeopathy has taken major scientific leaps in the past and its body of evidence is growing by the day. He also complimented the steps taken towards international cooperation during the convention, as it saw the signing of two MoUs in the field of education and research in Homoeopathy.
The minister expressed the hope that signing of these MoUs was only the beginning and many such bilateral cooperation will be agreed upon in times to come. He remarked that with research becoming a prime concern in Homoeopathy, many more international collaborations are possible and highly recommended.
A session each on challenges in education in Homoeopathy in India and global scenario of education in Homoeopathy were chaired by Dr. Ramjee Singh, Dr. Arun Bhasme, Dr. Srivatsan and Dr. Lalit Verma, while Dr. A.K. Seth, Dr. Rajat Chattopadhyaya, Dr. S.K. Tiwari, Dr. Manilal S., Dr. Arvind Kothe, Dr. Munir Ahmed, Dr. Leopold Drexler (Austria), Dr. Gustavo Alberto Cataldi (Argentina), Dr. Mohammed Ashrafur Rahman (Bangladesh), Dr. Danny Pillai (South Africa), Dr. M.P. Arya (India) and Dr. M.K. Sahani (India) were in the discussant panel. The panelists discussed about the concerns and challenges in global and Indian scenario of education in Homoeopathy and how there could be standardization of education for accredited curriculum for education in Homoeopathy.
Another session on drug validation and drug development explored the therapeutic potential of nosodes (homoeopathic drugs prepared from disease material) and discussed the idea of reinventing nosodes, by way of their preparation and application in clinical field. This session was chaired by Dr. Martien Brands from Netherland, Dr. Isaac Golden from Australia and Dr. Laxmikanta Nanda from India. Dr. S.M. Singh, Dr. J.D. Daryani and Dr. Anil Khurana were the discussants.
The speakers of the session on harmonization of pharmacopoeias and drug laws brought up many vital issues like regulation of homoeopathic medicines worldwide, need for a common international pharmacopoeia, pharmacopoeial standards on homoeopathic drugs vis-à-vis drug regulations and need for upgrading specifications of plant raw materials in homoeopathic pharmacy.