New Delhi: India has launched a national herbal medicine (AMS) degree programme, a move that has been hailed by health activists as a first step towards introducing the country’s herbal medicine as a treatment option.
According to the NDTV report, the government will now offer a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMS) degree in herbal medicine from a medical college.
The degree, however, will be for a year-long course, and will not be offered as a full-time diploma.
“India is going in the right direction but there are still a lot of hurdles to be overcome,” Dr Ravi Kapoor, head of the Centre for Indian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, told NDTV.
The government will also create a programme to train and develop herbal medicine experts, and also provide a subsidy of up to $1,500 per year to those who want to join the medical profession, according to the report.
The ministry of health and family welfare has also set up a special committee, headed by senior minister of state for health and welfare, Ravi Kumar Sharma, to review the existing herbal medicine programmes in India.
In January, the ministry of home affairs announced that it was launching a pilot program to create a ‘Hospice Centre for India’, which will offer a one-stop-shop for people who have not been able to access the local community-based health care systems.