NOIDA – MBBS students will be given the opportunity to choose AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) as an optional subject from the upcoming academic year i.e. 2019-20. This announcement has been made by a higher functionary board of governors that looks after medical colleges nationwide. The motive behind this initiative is to launch the alternative medicine study system among next-gen doctors.
In September 2018, the government dissolved the Medical Council of India (MCI) as the regulatory body over medical colleges and constituted board of governors (BoG) to replace MCI. Last month, BoG approved the new MBBS syllabus, which is to be implemented from August 2019 with the commencement of new MBBS academic session. Ayush Ministry will design the 3-months module.
Dr V K Paul, chairman, BoG said, “This initiative revolves around introducing the alternative systems of medicines to MBBS students. AYUSH system can play a pivotal role in encouraging privative health. However, medical students can willing choose AYUSH subject, not mandatorily.” He also said, “The students, who choose AYUSH subjects, will get the opportunity to visit AYUSH hospitals and experience OPDs (Outpatient Department).