Porvorim: On Friday, the Goa Ayurvedic and Other Allied Indian Medical System Council Bill, 2019 was passed, which facilitates the registration of the Ayurvedic system of medicine.
In the absence of an independent platform, Ayurvedic practitioners have so far registered themselves under the Goa Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy Council Act.
The House also passed an amendment to the Goa Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy Council Act, 2001. This is an attempt to remove the term Indian system of drugs, in the Act, with the provision to constitute the council. ‘If amended, it will be called the Goa Homeopathy Council Act.
Both bills were introduced by the state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane.
The Goa Ayurvedic and Other Allied Indian Systems of Medicine Bill, 2019 seeks to provide registration of Unani, Siddha, Yoga, Naturopathy and other allied Indian systems of medicines like Sowa-Rigpa. Until now there was no provision for registration of these systems.
The amendment bill constitutes an 11-member council which will have a two-year term. The Council shall have the power to identify Ayurvedic systems of medicine and other allied systems for the purpose of affiliation. It will also be able to determine the course of study and curriculum for special or refresher courses in general education, or allied institutions.
As per the amendment bill, the council will be empowered to conduct examinations and confer degrees and diplomas to those who have done a course of study in the institutions related to it.
The council will be able to use general supervision over residential and disciplinary arrangements made by affiliated educational institutions and will also be able to make arrangements to promote the health and general welfare of students.