Homoeopathic Courses in Universities and Colleges

Homoeopathic Courses in Universities and Colleges

Presently 52 Universities (including Deemed Universities) in the Country are offering Courses in Homoeopathy. Number of Homoeopathic doctors available in the country is 2,79,518 as on 01.01.2014.

In Gujarat, seventeen (17) Homoeopathic Medical Colleges are offering courses in Homoeopathy under affiliation to six (06) Universities. In West Bengal, twelve (12) Homoeopathic Medical Colleges are offering courses in Homoeopathy under affiliation to one (01) University.

The Central Government has constituted Central Council of Homoeopathy under the provisions of Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 to regulate education and practice of Homoeopathy. The Central Government has also established Homeopathy Pharmacopoeia Laboratory for standardization of Homoeopathic Drugs, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy to carry out research activities in different aspects in Homoeopathy, and National Institute of Homoeopathy at Kolkata which conducts Degree and Post Graduate Degree Courses.

The Central Government has constituted Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia committee which is responsible for making of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India.

The Central Government is in the process of establishment of a North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy at Shillong.

The Central Government has provided treatment facilities in Homeopathy under its CGHS Scheme in seventeen (17) different towns and cities.

The cities where CGHS Facilities for Homoeopathic treatment is provided.

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Government of India has approved and notified National AYUSH Mission (NAM) as a centrally Sponsored Scheme on 29.09.2014. Under National AYUSH Mission (NAM), there is a provision of financial assistance to the States/ UTs for AYUSH systems including Homoeopathy for infrastructure, equipment, furniture, medicines etc. at co-located AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centers (PHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs) as well as standalone AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries.

This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri  Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha  today.


Blue-Print for Expansion in Field of Yoga and Naturopathy

The Government has established three autonomous organizations namely, Morarji Desai National Institute for Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi; National Institute for Naturopathy (NIN), Pune and Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy(CCRYN), New Delhi with the mandate to impart education and undertake research for scientific validation of the outcomes, thereby enhancing the acceptability of these systems.

The recent initiative of the Government has succeeded in adoption of 21st June, as the International Day of Yoga. The Government has decided to celebrate the day in a befitting manner all over the world.

Details of activities and programmes undertaken during the last three years by these organizations for further expansion of Yoga & Naturopathy are as follows:-

(i) MDNIY has started B.Sc. (Yoga Science), a regular course of three years duration, Diploma in Yogic Science of One year duration and Certificate courses in Yogic Science for specified Target groups like Delhi Police.

(ii) The new Out Patient Department (OPD) with all modern Naturopathy equipments had been made functional from June, 2013 at NIN, Pune to provide more treatment facility to the patients. It also conducts two years Nursing Diploma in Naturopathy & Yoga Therapy Course. It has set up a state of the art new pathology lab in its premises with fully equipped automated analyzers for all the routine tests and special tests like CD4 counter for AIDS, Tridot, Spirometry etc.

(iii) CCRYN has established a Central Research Institute (CRI) in Rohini, Delhi. First phase construction work of two more CRIs in Nagmangala, Karnataka and Jhajjar, Haryana is almost complete. The Council is running 08 Yoga and Naturopathy OPDs in Govt. Hospitals of Delhi and Haryana.

(iv) The Co-location of AYUSH facilities including Yoga & Naturopathy at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) & Districts Hospitals (DHs) and upgradation of exclusive AYUSH Hospitals including Yoga and Naturopathy facilities are included in the AYUSH Services component of National AYUSH Mission (NAM). Further, under flexible components of NAM, a provision has also been kept for AYUSH Wellness Centres including Yoga & Naturopathy.

Besides the above, Ministry of AYUSH also promotes Yoga & Naturopathy by carrying out campaigns through print and electronic media. AROGYA fairs at National and State level are organized to make public aware of the benefits of AYUSH systems of medicine including Yoga & Naturopathy. The Ministry under its Central Sector Schemes of Information Education and Communication (IEC) and International Co-operation extends financial assistance to State Governments and other reputed Government/ Non Governmental Organizations/ Universities for conducting National/ International seminars/ workshops/ symposiums to promote Yoga & Naturopathy.

To give further impetus to research, the Government encourages research on Yoga and Naturopathy by providing grants under Extra Mural Research scheme to research organizations.

This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


AYUSH Doctors Conducting Deliveries

Practice of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy by practitioners concerned is governed by Indian Medicine Central Council (IMCC) Act. 1970 and Homoeopathic Central Council (HCC) Act, 1973 respectively and the Regulations made there under from time to time. The provisions of regulation 11 of Practitioners of Indian Medicines (Standards of Professional Conduct, Etiquette & Code of Ethics) Regulations 1982 and the provisions of regulation 24 of Homoeopathy Practitioners (Professional Conduct, Etiquette & Code of Ethics) Regulation 1982 (as amended in 2014) provide for conduct of obstetrics case by a practitioner of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy respectively.

In terms of the provisions under Indian Medicine Central Council (Minimum Standards Requirement for Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Colleges and Attached Hospitals) Regulations notified in 2012 and 2013, there is a separate Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics with requisite infrastructure for teaching, training and conducting deliveries. Part-time Teachers/Consultants of Modern Medicine are also engaged to impart teaching and training in concerned subject. Further, there are provisions under the Indian Medicine Central Council (Minimum Standard of Education for Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani) Regulations notified in 2013 to provide clinical training and compulsory rotatory internship upto two months in the concerned subject (Gynecology and Obstetrics). Hence, conducting the deliveries by Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Doctors is a part of the curriculum.

Further, as per Homoeopathy Regulations necessary provision has been available for required teaching & training concerning diagnosis of pregnancy, ante-natal care, abnormal pregnancy, normal labour, abnormal labour, post natal care, care of new born, neonatal hygiene etc. The Homoeopathic Central Council (Minimum Standards Requirement of Homoeopathic Colleges and attached Hospitals) Regulations, 2013 do provide the necessity of facilities of operative Gynecology and obstetrics for imparting the required teaching & training.

This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


AIIMS like Hospital on Ayurveda Medicine

The Government has approved for establishment of All India Institute of Ayurveda at Sarita Vihar, New Delhi. The Institute has been conceived as an Apex Institute of Ayurveda with 200 bedded referral hospital for imparting education in the field of Ayurveda at M.D. and Ph.D level. The construction activities and procurement of medical equipment and furniture are at an advanced stage of completion

This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


Regulation of AYUSH Institutions

The National Policy on Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy - 2002, envisages integration of AYUSH with the Health Care Delivery System. Mainstreaming of AYUSH is one of the strategies in National Health Mission (NHM) as well which seeks to provide accessible, affordable and quality health care in order to improve the existing health care delivery system.

Government of India has adopted a strategy of Co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs), thus enabling choice to the patients for different systems of medicines under single window. The engagement of AYUSH Doctors / paramedics and their training is supported by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, while the support for AYUSH infrastructure, equipment / furniture and medicines are provided by Ministry of AYUSH under shared responsibilities.

Government of India has approved and notified National AYUSH Mission (NAM) on 29.09.2014 which envisages better access to AYUSH services, strengthening of AYUSH educational Institutions, facilities for the enforcement of quality control of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani & Homoeopathy (ASU & H) drugs and sustainable availability of ASU & H raw – materials in the States / UTs during 12th Plan.

The Central Government has taken steps to regulate AYUSH Institutions and promote & expand their networks by approving regulations for Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy colleges notified time to time by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) respectively. The regulations include inter-alia criteria for setting up and recognizing new AYUSH colleges/institutes, minimum standards of education and code of ethics for practitioners of AYUSH system of medicines.

In addition, under National AYUSH Mission provision has been kept to assist the State Governments/UTs for the promotion and development of AYUSH Institutions through upgradation of State/ UT Government Institutions and setting up of new Government Institutions.

This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


PM deeply concerned about the incidents in Hisar and Nadia

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi is deeply concerned about the incidents in Hisar, Haryana and Nadia, West Bengal.

PMO has asked for immediate report on facts and action taken regarding the incidents in Haryana and West Bengal.


Hybrid Rice

Government of India has not fixed any target for increasing acreage of hybrid rice in the country. However, efforts are being made to promote cultivation of hybrid rice through various crop development programmes such as National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY).

From the initial level of 10,000 hectares in 1995, area under hybrid reached one million hectare in 2006. It has picked up during the last nine years, mainly because of increasing popularity of hybrid rice in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and area under hybrid rice has exceeded to 2.5 million hectares during 2014, which is about 5.6% of the total rice area in the country.

Although, there are reports of incidence of bacterial infection, but no report about huge loss to paddy crop have been received from state governments of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Directorate of Rice Research (DRR) have jointly developed bacterial blight resistant variety ‘Improved Samba Mahsuri’ which variety was notified and released for cultivation in 2008. The variety has so far spread to an area of 90,000 ha in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today.


Allocation under Market Intervention Scheme

The Department of Agriculture & Cooperation is implementing a scheme namely Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of agricultural and horticultural commodities which are generally perishable in nature. The basic objective of MIS is to provide remunerative prices to the farmers in case of glut in production and fall in prices. Further, the MIS is implemented on the specific requests of the State Government/UT Administrations willing to share the loss with Central Government on 50:50 basis (75:25 in case of North-Eastern States). Under MIS, funds are not allocated to the States. Instead, central share of losses as per the guidelines of MIS is released to the State Governments/UTs, for which MIS has been approved based on specific proposals received from them.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today.


Setting up of Veterinary Universities

During Eleventh Five Year Plan Period, six veterinary universities have been set up in the Country. State/UT wise details of these veterinary universities are given below:

Name of Veterinary University
Chhattisgarh KamdhenuVishwavidyalaya, Anjora, Durg (Chhattisgarh)
LalaLajpatRai University Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hissar(Haryana)
Kerala Veterinary and Animal Science University, Pookode (Kerala)
Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh Pashu ChikitsaVigyanVishwavidayalaya, Jabalpur(Madhya Pradesh)   re-named as Nanaji Deshmukh   University of Veterinary Sciences  , Jabalpur in 2012
Rajasthan University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Bikaner(Rajasthan)
Kamdhenu University, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat.

 Total intake of admission of students in these Veterinary Universities in B.V.Sc and AH Course was  466in year 2014.

         Agriculture including agriculture education being a state subject, setting up of State Agriculture University /Veterinary University comes under purview of respective   State Governments. Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) provides support to Agricultural Universities including Veterinary Universities under its plan scheme, “Strengthening and Development of Higher Agricultural Education in India”. Financial support is given mainly for students amenities & facilities, strengthening of infrastructures, curriculum delivery, examination system, educational quality and reforms comprising accreditation, evaluation, human resource development through faculty development, faculty exchange, scholarships and personality development, etc.

Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF), Government of India is responsible for recognition of veterinary qualifications awarded by veterinary institution/veterinary universities in consultation with Veterinary Council of India(VCI) which is recognized by  including their Veterinary Qualification in the First Schedule of Indian Veterinary Council Act, 1984.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan  in Lok Sabha today.


Shortage of Agricultural Labourers

Total foodgrains production in the country increased from 257.13 million tonnes in 2012-13 to 265.57 million tonnes in 2013-14. As per 2nd Advance Estimates, production of foodgrains for 2014-15 is estimated at 257.07 million tonnes. The decline in estimated foodgrains production in 2014-15 over the previous year is mainly due to below normal monsoon. There is no indication that shortage of agricultural labourers has adversely impacted cultivation of food crops.

Studies conducted by the Ministry of Rural Development have shown that the implementation of MGNREGA leads to reduction in distress migration from rural areas and substantial increase in rural wages.

Ministry of Agriculture is implementing Sub Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation (SMAM) w.e.f. 2014-15. One of the thrust areas in SMAM is skill development through the Component namely, “Promotion and Strengthening of Agricultural Mechanisation through Training, Testing and Demonstration”, with a view to acquaint the end users of their effective utilisation.

As per Census 2011, the total number of agricultural labourers increased from 106.78 million in 2001 to 144.33 million in 2011. However, farmers are assisted under farm mechanisation programmes for purchase of agricultural equipment including hand tools, bullock-drawn/power-driven implements, planting, reaping, harvesting and threshing equipment, tractors, power-tillers and other specialized agricultural machines, which may reduce the dependence on human labour in various agricultural operations. It has also been the endeavor to link MGNREGA with agricultural operations to ensure that at least 60% of the works in a district in terms of cost is for creation of productive assets in agriculture and allied activities through development of land, water and trees.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today.


Development of Agricultural Markets

Following the declaration by the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi on 2.9.2014 deregulating fruits and vegetables beyond the markets/market yards/sub-yards of three important Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) including Azadpur, the Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) launched the Delhi Kisan Mandi at Alipur, North Delhi to provide a direct trading platform for farmers and Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs). The Delhi Kisan Mandi is to be developed into a physical as well as an online platform to enable trading in agricultural commodities directly between producers and bulk/retail consumers. Meanwhile, soft launch of the physical transactions through the Mandi started in October, 2014. The Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC) has also advised all other State Governments to utilize SFAC’s technical support in initiating such Kisan Mandis in their States with suitable amendments to their respective APMC Acts.

The Department has recently approved, a Central Sector Scheme on “Promotion of National Agricultural Market through Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund (ATIF)” for Rs.200 crores to be implemented during 2014-15 to 2016-17. It is proposed to utilise the ATIF for migrating towards a National Market through implementation of an appropriate common e-market platform that would be deployable in 642 regulated wholesale markets across States and Union Territories (UTs) in the first phase. The timeline for operationalization is till 2016-17, however, actual implementation will depend largely on the initiatives and proposals from States/UTs.

As agri marketing is administered by the States, the onus for opening of new mandis is with them. Further, as informed by Government of Rajasthan, at present opening of cumin seed mandi in Barmer area of Rajasthan is not under consideration of Rajasthan Government.

To strengthen the marketing system in the country, the department has taken many measures which, inter-alia, include implementation of Central Sector of Integrated Scheme for Agricultural Marketing (ISAM). Under the scheme, assistance is provided towards creation of market infrastructure including storage; Venture Capital Assistance is provided to projects that provide market linkages to farmers; assistance for capacity building of farmers and other stake holders; and support for strengthening Agmarknet portal which provides information on prices and arrivals of agri commodities in wholesale regulated markets, etc.

Moreover, the Department is pursuing the States to reform their agri marketing sector to provide more alternatives other than the regulated wholesale markets/APMCs for sale of farmer produce so that the farmer can opt for most remunerative option. These channels are contract farming, private markets, e-markets, direct marketing, farmer-consumer markets. So far, 17 States have reformed their APMC Acts in respect of contract farming, direct marketing and private markets.

Further, in addition to the ATIF scheme mentioned above, the Government has also recently approved the Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF) Scheme for Procurement and Distribution of perishable agri-horticultural Commodities to control price volatility of these commodities.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today.


Subsidy on Premium Paid for Crops

10% subsidy in premium is available to small and marginal farmers under National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS).  Under Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS), Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) and Coconut Palm Insurance Scheme (CPIS), the component schemes of  ‘National Crop Insurance Programme’ (NCIP), premium subsidy up to 75%, 50% and 75% respectively is available to farmers who have insured their crops, which is shared equally between Centre and State Governments. Under NAIS, claims beyond 100% of premium are paid by the Government & shared equally between Centre and State Governments.  Under MNAIS, WBCIS and CPIS liability for payment of claims rests with the insurance companies.

Details of funds released by Central Government as its share under various crop insurance schemes during XII Five Year Plan are as under:

Funds provided
( Rs. in crore)
2014-15 (as on date)

As per provisions of the Crop Insurance Schemes, demand for funds from the State Governments is not required.  Subsidy in premium and claims, if any, as informed by the insurance companies are worked out and paid as per the provisions of the schemes.        

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria  in Lok Sabha today.


Rural Irrigation Scheme

Government is committed to giving high priority to water security and is in the process of operationalising the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) with the vision to ensure access to water to every agricultural farm for minimizing the impact of vagaries of monsoon.

Several meetings involving Ministry of Agriculture (MoA); Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD&GR) and Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) have been held to discuss on the frame work of the programme. Rs.4300 crore has been allocated for 2015-16 across these three ministries in the budget announcement for implementation of PMKSY throughout the country and Rs.1000 crore for Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) in the budget of MoWR, RD& GR.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today.
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