The Madhya Pradesh- authorities run Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi (ABVH) University has began a brand new diploma course in first help that it has tried to popularise by successfully selling quackery, and to which it has tried to lend a veneer of respectability by making a First Aid Council of India (FACI), which has signed off on the programme.
“Neem Hakeem, Jhola Chaap doctor (read quacks) or any other person can start their first aid centre to earn money after getting first aid specialist diploma course,” mentioned an commercial issued by the college in several newspapers and on social media platforms on December 14 to advertise the one-year diploma course. The course charge is ₹28,000.
Doctors and specialists have raised objection to the course saying it promotes quackery.
The college, which was began in Bhopal in 2011 with a imaginative and prescient to advertise Hindi, has launched three diploma programs – First Aid Specialists, Natural Pharma and Yoga and Natural Therapy.Governor Anandiben Patel is chancellor of the college.
Additional secretary to governor Rajesh Kaul mentioned, “The university is an autonomous body and the executive members are free to take decision related to the course. If we receive any complaint, we will take action.”
“These are the first-of-its kind courses,” Ramdev Bhardwaj,the college’s vice-chancellor mentioned in a message to media individuals to advertise the course. “Various state governments and the central government have many times discussed the proposal of starting a first aid course but no institution in India has ever introduced one. We have taken the initiative and it is essential for every people to learn lifesaving first aid methods.”
Ajay Sahu,the director answerable for the diploma programs, mentioned this course supplies a possibility to everybody, together with class 12 graduate and even medical practitioners with out levels, to turn into self-reliant. His reference is to native (usually unlicensed) medical practitioners.
“The course basically needs a basic understanding of health which a student having cleared class 12 has. It is not a subject-specific thing so doesn’t need any basic qualification and knowledge of any particular subject.”
“Even, World Health Organization (WHO) promotes first-aid programmes. We are following the 300-page manual of WHO for the first-aid course.The videos, audios and booklets prepared by experts and medical practitioners will be provided to students.They will be running online due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Sahu defined.
He additionally claimed this course did not want any form of permission or recognition. To buttress his declare, he shared with HT, replies of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and ministry of Ayush to the Right to Information (RTI) purposes he had filed, stating that the realm (first-aid) doesn’t come underneath their purview.
Dr Rajan Sharma, president, Indian Medical Association, which is protesting towards permitting Ayurvedic medical doctors over 50 surgical procedures like allopathic medical doctors, mentioned, “This does not sound like a healthy trend wherein non medical colleges are offering medical courses, even if short-term. The Indian Medical Association has also been running such training programmes for a while now. IMA is also not against Ayush systems; the body, however, has a problem with trivialising modern medicine. There should be no mixing of streams. You will end up in a mess, with our future generations suffering in the long run. It will also indirectly promote quackery.”
National Medical Commission (NMC), which has changed MCI to manage medical schooling, declined to remark for the reason that concern was of one other ministry. Sahu mentioned FACI was registered with the ministry of company affairs underneath the Companies Act in October, a couple of weeks earlier than the course was prepared for promotion.
Interestingly, the college shaped the First Aid Council of India, an autonomous physique, which claims that it really works to advertise first help therapy in India. An commercial for the programme, that includes pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, claims FACI is opening a analysis centre within the college campus in Bhopal to advertise nationwide well being.
FACI president Shabab Aalam declined remark by means of a consultant.
Objecting to the course, Madhya Pradesh’s National Health Mission (NHM) extra director and former chief medical well being officer (CMHO), Bhopal, Dr Pankaj Shukla, mentioned, “The reply of Medical Council or Ayush ministry that the course doesn’t come in their purview doesn’t mean that the course can be run without their permission. The university should take permission from (the state government’s) directorate of medical education for the course and from the CMHO for running the first-aid centre because it is a medical course.”
He additionally mentioned anybody opening a first-aid centre with out possessing requisite could be committing against the law. “If these diploma holders start their own first-aid centre in any part of the country, they would be sent behind bars for violation of the Clinical Establishment Act. The university is promoting quackery. ”
A former college member of the college and now professor at Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Amravati, Anil Saumitra mentioned the college was being compelled to launch such programs to remain afloat.“The university started with a vision to promote Hindi by developing different courses in the Raj Bhasha (state language).” But due to improper planning, a programme in engineering did not take off, he mentioned.
“Now, the university is facing existential (financial) crises and is forced to start such courses,” he added.
Despite repeated calls and messages, vice chancellor Bhardwaj couldn’t be reached for remark.
(With inputs from Rythma Kaul in New Delhi)