The Madhya Pradesh- authorities run Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi (ABVH) College has began a brand new diploma course in first assist 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 Assist Council of India (FACI), which has signed off on the programme.
“Neem Hakeem, Jhola Chaap physician (learn quacks) or every other individual can begin their first assist centre to earn cash after getting first assist 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 payment is Rs28,000.
Docs and consultants 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 Assist Specialists, Pure Pharma and Yoga and Pure Remedy.Governor Anandiben Patel is chancellor of the college.
Further secretary to governor Rajesh Kaul mentioned, “The college is an autonomous physique and the chief members are free to take resolution associated to the course. If we obtain any criticism, we are going to take motion.”
“These are the first-of-its type programs,” Ramdev Bhardwaj,the college’s vice-chancellor mentioned in a message to media individuals to advertise the course. “Varied state governments and the central authorities have many instances mentioned the proposal of beginning a primary assist course however no establishment in India has ever launched one. We’ve taken the initiative and it’s important for each individuals to study lifesaving first assist strategies.”
Ajay Sahu,the director answerable for the diploma programs, mentioned this course offers a chance to everybody, together with class 12 graduate and even medical practitioners with out levels, to change into self-reliant. His reference is to native (typically unlicensed) medical practitioners.
“The course principally wants a fundamental understanding of well being which a pupil having cleared class 12 has. It’s not a subject-specific factor so doesn’t want any fundamental qualification and data of any explicit topic.”
“Even, World Well being Group (WHO) promotes first-aid programmes. We’re following the 300-page handbook of WHO for the first-aid course.The movies, audios and booklets ready by consultants and medical practitioners will likely be offered to college students.They are going to be working on-line as a result of 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 Proper to Data (RTI) functions he had filed, stating that the realm (first-aid) doesn’t come underneath their purview.
Dr Rajan Sharma, president, Indian Medical Affiliation, which is protesting in opposition to permitting Ayurvedic docs over 50 surgical procedures like allopathic docs, mentioned, “This doesn’t sound like a wholesome pattern whereby non medical schools are providing medical programs, even when short-term. The Indian Medical Affiliation has additionally been working such coaching programmes for some time now. IMA can also be not in opposition to Ayush techniques; the physique, nonetheless, has an issue with trivialising trendy drugs. There ought to be no mixing of streams. You’ll find yourself in a multitude, with our future generations struggling in the long term. It is going to additionally not directly promote quackery.”
Nationwide Medical Fee (NMC), which has changed MCI to control medical schooling, declined to remark because the subject was of one other ministry. Sahu mentioned FACI was registered with the ministry of company affairs underneath the Corporations Act in October, a couple of weeks earlier than the course was prepared for promotion.
Curiously, the college fashioned the First Assist Council of India, an autonomous physique, which claims that it really works to advertise first assist 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 a consultant.
Objecting to the course, Madhya Pradesh’s Nationwide Well being Mission (NHM) further 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 of their purview doesn’t imply that the course might be run with out their permission. The college ought to take permission from (the state authorities’s) directorate of medical schooling for the course and from the CMHO for working the first-aid centre as a result of it’s a medical course.”
He additionally mentioned anybody opening a first-aid centre with out possessing requisite can be committing a criminal offense. “If these diploma holders begin their very own first-aid centre in any a part of the nation, they’d be despatched behind bars for violation of the Medical Institution Act. The college is selling 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 college began with a imaginative and prescient to advertise Hindi by growing completely different programs within the Raj Bhasha (state language).” However due to improper planning, a programme in engineering did not take off, he mentioned.
“Now, the college is dealing with existential (monetary) crises and is compelled to begin such programs,” he added.
Regardless of repeated calls and messages, vice chancellor Bhardwaj couldn’t be reached for remark.
(With inputs from Rythma Kaul in New Delhi)