Madrasah students protest
Pre-Tibb abolition move
New Delhi: The Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) has decided to discontinue the Pre-Tibb course on the request of the Indian System of Medicine (ISM). A convention on this issue, under the presidentship of the renowned educationist and former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Saiyid Hamid, was held on 9 October 2003 in Delhi. Those who attended the convention included Vice Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, Siraj Husain, Chairman Education Committee of the CCIM, M S Gupta and Deputy Advisor Unani, Department of ISM & H, Mohammed Shamoon.
Some Madrasah authorities and teachers of several Tibbiya colleges also exchanged their views on this burning issue. A resolution was passed seeking restoration and continuance of the
Pre-Tibb course. A memorandum to this effect has also been submitted to the Union Health Minister. On December 6, this issue was also raised in the Parliament.
At present post cards are being sent to the CCIM and health ministry, letters and representations to the President of India, CCIM, Health Minister, chiefs of Muslim organizations and several political leaders.
On 8 December a delegation of Madarsah Students Association (MSA) members met the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, Siraj Husain, and apprised him about the ongoing activities of MSA in this regard. He put forward some very valuable suggestions and schemes and advised MSA to call a national level convention on this issue at AMU in which prominent personalities and authorities of CCIM and concerned departments should be invited so as to convince and urge them to re-introduce Pre-Tibb course. He expressed hope that Pre-Tibb will continue but asked the students to carry on their struggle.
Khalid Waheed Falahi