A Scientific Convention “Linking Education and Clinical Practice with Research: Advancing Scientific Collaborations”, was organised on 9th & 10th April 2019 to celebrate World Homeopathy Day, at Dr Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi. The World Homeopathy Day is celebrated on 10th April, to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of Homeopathy, Dr Christian Fredrich Samuel Hahnemann.
The Convention was inaugurated by Dr Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH. Shri Nilanjal Sanyal, Chairman, Board of Governors, Central Council of Homeopathy and Shri Tridandi Chinna Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji also graced the inaugural ceremony with their presence. Tributes to our Master were paid by Dr Gary Smyth, President, Faculty of Homeopathy, the UK and Dr Alok Pareek, President, LMHI (International). Dr Kotecha, in his inaugural address, emphasised upon the Ministry’s efforts to bridge the gap between Science and Tradition, through researches in the field of AYUSH.
During the inaugural session, “Souvenir of Convention”, a Dossier on ‘Homeopathy – A Science of Gentle Healing’, a Coffee table book, the ‘Standard Treatment Guidelines’ on 15 more diseases, developed by CCRH, were also released. The ‘CCRH Archives on Homeopathy’, a digital repository of accumulated knowledge in Homeopathy, was officially launched.
Dr Kotecha conferred Awards bestowed by CCRH to all the contributors in the field of Homeopathic research. Dr Ramanlal P. Patel, an active participant of Quit India Movement and is one of the few living legends of Homeopathy having experience of more than 50 years, in treating cancer cases was awarded the ‘Lifetime achievement award for best practitioner’. was conferred to Dr Ravi M. Nair, who has worked relentlessly for more than 55 years as a practitioner, educator, researcher and policy maker in Homeopathy was conferred the ‘Lifetime achievement award 2019 for best academician’. Prof. (Dr) Kanjaksha Ghosh, a renowned medical scientist who retired as Director, Institute of Immunohematology, Mumbai (ICMR) was felicitated with Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Researcher’. The award for ‘Best Research Paper Award Homeopathy 2019’ was conferred to Dr Tapas Kundu for the paper ‘Homoeopathic medicine reduces pain and Haemarthrosis in moderate and severe Haemophilia- A multicentric study’. ‘Best Research Paper Award in Homeopathy for Drug Research’ was conferred to Ms Munmun Sinha for her work on Japanese Encephalitis(JE) virus using Belladonna 200C and reduction of viral load in the chick embryo.
‘Young Scientist Award’ 2019 for clinical research in Homeopathy was conferred jointly to Dr Poonam Hima Bindu and Dr Munmun Koley. ‘Young Scientist Award’ for ‘Drug Research in Homeopathy’ was conferred to Dr Shailendra K. Saxena, Vice Dean and Professor at Centre for Advanced Research [CFAR], King George’s Medical University, Lucknow. ‘Young Scientist Award for Literary Research’ in Homeopathy was conferred to Dr Divya Taneja. ‘Best Teacher Award’ was conferred to Prof. Laxmikanta Nanda, the Former Principal cum Superintendent of Dr Abhin Chandra Homeopathic Medical College & Hospital Bhubaneswar, Odisha with more than 40 years of teaching experience.
The objective of Dr Raj K. Manchanda, Director General, CCRH, in organising the conference was to focus on the need to link education with meaningful Research and Practice, for nurturing young minds, and the collation of clinical data, through systematic documentation.
The Short Term Studentship in Homeopathy (STSH) Scholarship UG Research Scholars were awarded the Cash Prize of Rs. 10000/-. The MD Students, under CCRH Scholarship Scheme, were also felicitated with a Cash Prize of Rs. 25000/-. These Scholarship Programmes by CCRH are a step towards capacity building and encouraging research aptitude among students.
The Convention aimed to bring Homeopathy to the next Level, Nationally and Internationally, through Research Development. In all the three halls, the Plenary Hall, the Nalanda Hall, the Samrasta Hall, Numerous lectures were scheduled for both days, on Clinical Research, Drug Validation, Public Health, Homoeopathic Education, Oral Presentations by STSH Scholarship Students, Documented Clinical Experiences, Drug provings, Discussions regarding the future of Homeopathy. Poster Presentations were presented in the Atrium, by various Homoeopathic Practitioners, Research Scholars and Students on topics such as Nanoparticle, Horticulture, Infertility, Psoriasis, Tautopathic Drug Insulin, and numerous studies done by the Scholars all over the nation. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU’s) was exchanged with the Directorate of AYUSH Chandigarh.
The Convention, at last, triggered the dedicated minds in Homoeopathy towards the need and purpose of Research and steps to be taken to make Research a part of their Clinical or academic desks.