Unani By Ayush
"Unani Medicine is flourishing well in India and it is satisfying that we are partners in the development of this medical system, said Prof. Mohammad Afshar Alam, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi while addressing National Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) organized by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Ministry of Ayush, Government of India at Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine (RRIUM), Chennai today. He further said that the CCRUM is the apex body for research and development in Unani Medicine and we have signed an MoU with the CCRUM to extend our contributions to the cause. Speaking about the IPR, he said that creation of IPR is very important for the progression of science and economic prosperity.
In his presidential address, Prof. Asim Ali Khan, Director General, CCRUM, Ministry of Ayush, Government of India said that Government of India under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Saheb has been providing increasing patronage and funds for multifaceted development of Unani Medicine as well as other Indian systems of medicine. Prof. Khan informed that the CCRUM has been making concerted efforts for setting up standards for research, training and practice of Unani Medicine and has obtained NABH accreditation for National Research Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorders (NRIUMSD), Hyderabad and RRIUM, Srinagar and efforts are on for accreditation of other healthcare facilities under the CCRUM. He apprised that the WHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Ayush has recently published WHO Benchmark for training and practice in Unani Medicine.
Speaking about the seminar, Prof. Khan said that it is a continuum of our efforts to train researchers, academicians and other stakeholders about intellectual prosperity rights. He informed that the CCRUM has already obtained 17 patents on its intellectual property rights and more are in pipeline.
Shri S. Thangapandian, Deputy Controller of Patents and Design, Indian Patent Office, Chennai and Prof. Abdul Wadud, Director, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bangalore were Guests of Honour and addressed the inaugural function of the seminar.
Earlier, Dr. N. Zaheer Ahmed, Deputy Director, RRIUM, Chennai delivered welcome address and spoke about the background the seminar.
The seminar had three technical sessions including a panel discussion, wherein eminent speakers articulated the intellectual property rights with focus on herbal drugs and products.
Scientists, academicians, researchers, students and delegates from different parts of the country as well as researchers from RRIUM, Chennai and CCRUM headquarters participated in the seminar."