In the last five academic years, India has seen a growth in the number of homoeopathy medical colleges in the country. 57 new colleges were instituted in different parts of the country. To promote and ready the future generation of homoeopathy experts, the ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) has been equipping India with new homoeopathy colleges.
The AYUSH ministry too in its guidelines, had recommended homeopathic medicine and unani practices to develop one’s immunity in the fight against Corona. According to media reports, homoeopathy medicines have been found to be effective in fighting epidemics like malaria, cholera and ebola.
During the Lok Sabha question hour session, Kiren Rijiju, the minister of State (IC) of the ministry of AYUSH provided figures in the rise of homoeopathy medical colleges in the country.
According to the said figures, in the last five academic years (2015-20), a total of 57 new colleges have come up in different states across the country.
In the year 2015-16, students’ opportunities expanded by a total of 470 seats when new colleges in 5 states of India came up on the scene. Tamil Nadu contributed 110 seats.
In 2016-17, yet again 7 new colleges and 620 seats came up.
However, the numbers went drastically up in 2017-18 with 21 new homoeopathy colleges in the country. These new colleges increased the scope of more students with over 2000 seats. In Gujarat itself, 14 colleges were instituted with 1400 seats.
In 2018-19 and 2019-20, 12 and 11 new colleges were instituted respectively.
According to the Central Council of Homoeopathy, as of June 18, 2019, there are 161 homoeopathy medical colleges in the country. With the growing popularity, the numbers are only bound to increase in the coming years and with that the opportunities and scope of it too.