A fiat by Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) directing students to compulsorily pass Urdu entrance examination,a basic test of a student’s knowledge of Urdu taught at the 10th standard level before seeking admission to Unani course has put the state government in a bind. Urdu and Arabic is the base to understanding the nuances of this system of medicine based on which the Council has come out with such a recommendation. A directive by department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) to introduce this rule from the current academic year as per the above fiat has left the Karnataka Examinations Authority in confusion. The department would appeal to the union minister to defer its implementation by at least three years.
Incidentally, this CCIM passed this directive when the UPA government was in power and this makes the situation all the more piquant for the department of AYUSH in general and the state government in particular. Faced with the prospects of implementing it, Dr. Harsha Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare will sort out this confusion. The modalities are to be discussed and implemented so as to best protect the interests of students who opt for Unani course through Common Entrance Test.