The Sad Demise of the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines

NEET Bulletin (New delhi, Desk): Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal established an Institution namely the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines in the year 1991 in Kolkata, India. The Institution was established to impart education, conduct conferences and publish books in the field of Alternative Medicines, viz. Yoga, Naturopathy, Reiki, Meditation, Acupressure, Acupuncture, etc.

The Institution over the years received approval from bodies in the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, as well as its students were receiving attestation from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The Institution continuously was receiving praiseworthy messages of support from the Office of the President, Prime Minister, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ministers of State, etc. for the Conferences and Seminars organized for popularizing and propagating the system of alternative medicines.

Institutions of Alternative Medicines only have accord to conduct courses in Alternative Medicines (Yoga, Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Meditation, etc.). They do not have the accord to offer degrees in Medical Science and Surgery, for which additional approval of the Medical Council of India is required.

However, in a very unfortunate turn of events, it was alleged by the State of West Bengal in 2017, one Institution of Alternative Medicines run by one Mr. Romes Badyo out of Barasat, West Bengal, was flouting the Government norms and without any approval or accord from Medical Council of India (MCI) had awarded certain degrees in Allopathic Medicine and Surgery.

The Government of West Bengal in an immediate reaction lodged FIRs against all Institutions of Alternative Medicines with strict instruction to detain and arrest Officials of all such Institutions.

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