CME on Unani Pharmacy
Aligarh : Subject experts highlighted the need for a collaborative Academia-Industry arrangement and discussed the latest advances to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice in the six-day Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme of the Department of Saidla, Faculty of Unani Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), sponsored by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.
A total of 20 teachers from the Departments of Saidla and Ilmul Advia participated in the CME.
In the valedictory session, the Chief Guest, Prof Tajuddin (Former Chairman, Department of Saidla) delineated evaluation of drugs from identification to cultivation, collection and storage.
He discussed the need to modify compound formulations of Unani medicine in respect to preparation and ingredients and urged the CME participants to disseminate their knowledge and experience to others.
The Guest of Honour, Prof Mohd Idris spoke about the current research and development and preparation method of drugs.
He focused on the regular progression of knowledge and to increase the interest of entrepreneurship among students.
In the welcome address of the valedictory session, Prof F S Sherani (Dean, Faculty of Unani Medicine) presented the programme report.
Prof Shagufta Aleem (Principal, Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, AMU) presided over the programme and emphasised the need for training faculty members in various modern pharmaceutical techniques and different methodologies of drug development and redesigning.
Organising Committee members, Qazi Zaid Ahmad (Co-Organizing secretary), Dr Huda Nafees (Convener) and Dr Mohammad Rashid (Co- Convener) coordinated the session.
Dr Aziz ur Rahman extended the vote of thanks in the valedictory session.
The six-day CME programme featured useful deliberations by subject experts and faculty members.
Chief Guests of the Inaugural function, Prof Abdul Wadud (Director, National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM), Bangalore) and Prof Tajuddin (Retired faculty member, Department of Saidla) delivered a talk on quality control of Unani drugs.
The Guest of Honour, Shamshad Ali (Hamdard Laboratories Pvt Ltd) stressed the need for academia-industry collaboration to promote innovation and growth in the field.
He also invited faculty members and students to visit Hamdard Laboratories.
Prof Wazahat Hussain (Renowned taxonomist and retired faculty member, Department of Botany, AMU) discussed ‘Plant nomenclature and identification’ and arranged a visit to the botanical garden at the new OPD block of the Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College and Hospital.
Prof Mohammad Parvez (Department of Education, AMU) demonstrated new methods of teaching and training and engaged with the participants in a group discussion.
Prof K M Y Amin (Retired faculty member, Department of Ilmul Advia) delineated ‘Scope of Interdisciplinary Research in Unani Medicine’.
Dr Mohammad Khalid (Asst. Drug Controller, Government of NCT of Delhi) talked about ‘IPR, Patent and Proprietary and Drugs and Cosmetics Act’ and demonstrated the manufacturing methods of tablets.
Mohd Yusuf Ansari (Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum Studies, AMU) trained the participants in computer applications for teaching and research in Unani medicine.
Prof Anwar Shahzad (Department of Botany, AMU) delivered a talk on ‘Multiplication and Conservation of Medicinal and Threatened Plant Species through Tissue Culture’ and later demonstrated ‘Standardization Techniques of Tablets’.
Prof Kr Farahim Khan (Department of Geology, AMU) delivered a lecture on ‘Use of Geological Techniques as a tool of Standardization of Hajariyat used in Unani Medicine’.
Dr Musarrat Nafees (Department of Ilmul Advia, ZVM Unani Medical College, Pune) spoke on ‘Cosmeceuticals in Unani System of Medicine: An Integrative Approach”.
Vadi Raj Bharadwaj (Formulation Consultant, Ingex Lab Pvt Ltd, Bangalore) deliberated on ‘New Product Development Inspired by AYUSH’.