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Exclusive Interview of Dr Anand Kumar Chaturvedi (Principal,Government Lal Bahadur Shastri Homoeopathic Medical College, Allahabad)


Dr Abha (ED): What is unique about your college?
Dr Anand Kumar Chaturvedi (AC): State Lal Bahadur Shastri Homoeopathic Medical College was established in 1966 as a private management which was taken over by provincialization Act in Govt. sector by order no.8502sec-9/five-8/003/80 dated on 11-12-1981. So we have a history of more than 50 years in the field of Homoeopathic education. In our OPD we receive more than 1200 patients per day which is the second largest number in India. In IPD we have got Working Operation Theatre, USG, ECHO & XRAY, facility along with Clinical Pathology DOT Center, Free HIV/AIDS Testing center (under VCTC). And, 108 Ambulance stationed at the Hospital is a special feature.
ED: What does a typical day look like for you working as a Principal?
AC: Being Head of the institute I feel proud to serve the humanity by treating more than 3 lakh patients in our hospital in a Year and also producing new generation for enlightening the path of Hahnemannian homoeopathy. Sometimes, it’s an unique experience when we find miracles in treating stubborn cases. We conduct research work also.
ED: How is India’s current homoeopathy medical education scenario?
AC: There is deterioration in the academics especially in the students. There is need to train the students in the clinical field and developing skills to understand the human being and the sick which is the base of Homoeopathy. So our focus should be treating patients as a whole and create vision in the students to find out sickness not the disease. Academic training should be in Hahnemannian concept. There should also be focus on latest development in Medical Science so that tomorrow’s physician may come across advancement in medical science.
ED: The environment for Homoeopathic medical research in India is very conducive. Do you agree?
AC: Yes, I agree, there is a need for innovative work with homoeopathic vision so that we can convince medical fraternity and homoeopathic fraternity both.
ED: What are your views on public trust in doctors and other challenges?
AC: Now day’s patients have lost their faith in the physicians due to commercialization in the field. We need to re-establish the rapport and build a family relationship. These are multi folding of the Miasm which is the fundamental cause, contamination of environment which is the maintaining cause and mutation of microbes and parasites which is exciting cause making disease identification difficult. Continuous stress also creates lot of challenges. It is a challenge that we have to find similimum and form totality of the case to cure. So we need innovative phenomenon to find out the true picture of the internal disease.
ED: Why is research- orientation low in the homoeopathic colleges of India?
AC: The negligence of the researcher and the less emphasis on the development of collective data compilation on research presentation and evidence based treatment.
ED: What is your take on funding scenario for homoeopathic sector?
AC: Funding scenario for Homoeopathic sector is very poor, especially in comparison to the allopathic institutions. Even then we are performing our best to suffering Humanity. Government needs more funding to ensure better health structure.
ED: Most of the students join B.H.M.S as a secondary option. How you make them aware of the challenges and opportunities.
AC: Yes, Most of the students of BHMS join as secondary option. I myself joined BHMS because I couldn’t get selected in the MBBS. By giving appreciation and motivation along with convincing them with failure of Allopathic medicine. There is vacance of hard workers in homoeopathic filed.
ED: How do you uplift the morale of your students with regard to career?
AC: By showing examples of the role model and showing them luxury in life can be available by homoeopathic practice also and to treat  high moral values which gives satisfaction for life.
ED: Is pursuing courses in hospital administration and emergency medical service along with B.H.M.S a road to employment?
AC: Sometimes Hospital management & Training gives new scope of employment but the real mission of homoeopath is to restore the sick to health, the real service in present scenario.
ED: What steps you have taken to ensure decent OPD inflow.
AC:  Patient orientation in OPD.
I focus on ABC that is:
Availability of the expert health care.
Behavior of care staff should be patient friendly.
Competence development of the staff and best quality of medicine.
ED: Enumerate the infrastructure needed for your college for research activities?
AC: We need Computers (*Latest configuration), Man power (Research Oriented), Modern equipments, Adequate Funds, Advanced Laboratory for research activity.
ED: In what areas your college wants to go forward with regard to research?
AC: Areas of research for this college: Malnutrition, In Vitro Research, Intervention on Life style Disorders, Homoeopathic Vaccinations, Cancer, and Diabetes etc.
ED: What are your goals and aspirations towards making your college a better hub of education?
AC: The institution should impart quality education with proficiency skills to for permanent cure of the patients.
ED: What extra effort you put in to stand out among the list of around 195 Homoeopathic colleges in India?
AC:  To establish the centre of excellence for education & training, we are in the zone, which is known as “Oxford of East”. So does my institute. It should be Oxford in Homoeopathy.

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