By Rabiya Bashir
Srinagar, Apr 17: For the first time in the valley, the state government on Monday launched a Post-graduation course in Unani Medicine in Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine in Srinagar.
The PG course has strength of 14 seats for the Unani students in Pharmacology and Unani Medicine. Out of 14 seats, 7 seats are for Pharmacology and the rest are for the Unani Medicine subject.
The course was launched by Union Minister of State in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Health and Medical Education, Bali Baghat, Minister of State for Health and Medical Education, Housing & Urban Development Department, Social Welfare, Asiea Naqash and Union Minister of State for AYUSH Sripad Yesso Naik.
While speaking on the occasion, Jitendra Singh said that the Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine will be one of the unique institutes in the entire South Asian region.
“It is a working towards the integration of Ayush practitioners into the fold of modern medicine to help meet its goal of health coverage. We have a separate ministry of AYUSH. After the advent of modern medicine we have an alternative Unani medicine,” he said.
He also said that diabetes at a younger age is a bigger challenge in the state and with the help of Unani medicine, diseases like diabetes can be treated. “We have various non-communicable diseases and Unani medicine could prove helpful for the people. We could even have combined OPD’s. Unani treatment will be beneficial especially for the people who have to go to the paediatric and knee surgeries.”
Bali Baghat, Minister of State for Health and Medical Education, Housing & Urban Development Department said that the world has changed and people are preferring Unani Medicine. “I am happy that we restored two Unani colleges which were almost defunct.
Highlighting the importance of Unani Medicine in the state, which he said has “no side-effects or after-effects.”
“We have also submitted a proposal worth 20 crores to start a medicinal plant industry in the state. People in Jammu and Kashmir prefer Unani medicine and we will provide help to boost this field,” he said.
On the occasion, Social Welfare Minister Asiea Naqash said: “I will take a lead in getting the land for the upliftment of the Unani Medicine in the state. We have already one college at District Ganderbal and other at Shalteng in the valley. We need to promote it further.”
Stressing on the importance of Traditional Medicine, the Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik said, “The traditional medicine has a great importance in our state and it has been accepted widely in the valley.”
No Friday prayers at Jamia, Mirwaiz put under house arrest
Srinagar, Mar 22: The authorities put under house arrest the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday and barred the congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in here.
Reports said that the authorities placed restrictions at several parts of Old City including Nowhatta where authorities did not allow people to offer the Friday prayers.
An official said restrictions were imposed in view of call for protests issued by the Joint Hurriyat Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.
Joint Hurriyat had called for peaceful protests after the prayers against the “custodial death” of Awantipora school teacher Rizwan Assad Pandith.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who addresses the faithful at the mosque every Friday was put under house arrest. He termed the disallowing of Friday prayers as “religious assault”.
“While repression, killings and arbitrary arrests continue unabated, for the 3rd time this month #JamaMasjid put under lockdown and Friday prayers disallowed. Condemn the authorities for this religious assault,” Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter. This was on the third time in this month that authorities barred the Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid.
IUST, KU faculty groups condemn teacher’s custodial killing
Srinagar, Mar 22: Islamic University Faculty Association (IUFA) Friday condemned the alleged custodial killing of a teacher Rizwan Assad Pandith and has termed it outrageous and a tremendous loss to education while demanding immediate justice for him.
In a statement, the IUFA said Pandith worked as a guest faculty in the Polytechnic College, Islamic University of Science and Technology in 2018.
“He was not just a competent academician, but a thorough gentleman as well. His untimely death is a huge loss to education in South Kashmir where he was heading a school and a coaching center as well,” the statement of the Association said.
The association has demanded that the perpetrators of such crimes be brought to justice at an earliest as there is no place for such horrific crimes in civilized and responsible societies.
The Association has once again expressed dismay and concern over the delay in the dispensation of justice in the custodial killing of another teacher Shabir Ahmad Mango, a college lecturer by Army personnel on August 17, 2016. “Such gory cases of the custodial killings of teachers have caused an immense damage to the intellectual capital of the education sector in the state and we again call for justice to Mango also,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) too has strongly condemned the killing and demanded immediate dispensation of justice. “Such treatment to the ‘nation builders’ on sustained basis does not augur well for the peace and stability in the state,” reiterated the KUTA spokesperson.
The two associations have also called for an immediate end to the continued human rights violations in Kashmir.
MPs of 2014 have been mute spectators in Parl: Altaf Bukhari
Srinagar, Mar 22: Terming the upcoming parliament and assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir as one of the crucial elections, former Finance Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Friday said these elections would likely pose a serious challenge for the special status of the State and to its inclusive political culture.
Addressing a workers’ convention at his private office here, Bukhari emphasized on the state’s electorate to compare and elect their candidates on promises made versus performance basis.
The former minister observed that people of the state particularly that of the Kashmir valley, have not forgotten that they were asked for votes in lieu of a ‘mandate for a mission’.
“People have not even forgotten being promised to ‘make the parliament a forum for representing the Kashmir issue at the national level’. But what they did in the Parliament later?” Bukhari asked, adding, “Analyze their attendance and performance on internet and you will witness their dismal track record of attending and intervening in the House. They have simply been mute spectators in the Parliament and wasted the mandate of people.”
The former finance minister remarked that people need to elect their representatives after proper application of mind and wisdom. “While we need to show a united face and defeat the nefarious designs of some divisive political forces, at the same time we need to strengthen the hands of the leadership that has the courage to call a spade a spade.”
Bukhari opined that the electorate of Jammu and Kashmir especially in the valley must decide whether they want to go with the forces who berated and bartered their mandate for their petty political gains or the forces who can safeguard their interests and the special identity of the State.
He said a drastic electoral division or fragmented vote will not be in the interests of people as the same can give a hegemonic control over all state institutions, as well as the public discourse in the hands of forces who are inimical to the identity of this state.
The former minister also stressed on a need for creating a conducive and peaceful atmosphere for holding elections saying that political activities cannot fetch a desired change in an atmosphere of mass arrests, raids, civilian harassment and custodial killings.
“Although almost all the mainstream political parties have condemned the recent custodial killing of the school teacher but mere words cannot heal the wounds of that family. The probe in this incident needs to be conducted in a transparent and time bound manner so that the culprits are booked as per law,” Bukhari reiterated his demand.
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