KOLKATA- The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal made major announcements to build capacity at the National Institute of Homoeopathy (NIH) in Kolkata during an event today. Sonowal also laid the foundation stone of a new multi-storied boys hostel at the National Institute of Homoeopathy (NIH) here today. This was in line with the announcement made by Union Minister Sonowal to establish this hostel when he visited the NIH in 2021.
Giving a tremendous boost to the capacity of NIH, the Ayush Minister announced that the capacity of NIH, which is presently at 100 beds, will be enhanced substantially by 150 additional beds, more than doubling the capacity of NIH to reach 250 beds.
With an aim to boost ‘Make in India’, the Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal further announced setting up of a manufacturing unit at the NIH campus for production of homeopathic medicine soon. In order to further facilitate student welfare, two hostels, for both boys & girls, for post graduate students will be built at the NIH campus, Sonowal announced.
The new hostel for boys students of the institute will be built at an estimated cost of ₹46 crores. The ceremony was also attended by the Union Minister of State for Ayush and Women & Child Development, Dr Mahendra Munjpara; Director, NIH, Prof (Dr) Subhas Singh among other senior officials of Ministry of Ayush.
The multi storied hostel for boys will have G+7 floors with a provision to add another two floors. It will accommodate 400 under-graduate students of the NIH. The building will be equipped with all the modern amenities like gymnasium, common room, guest rooms, kitchen dining area among others. It is to be noted that a girls hostel of NIH was inaugurated by Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal earlier.
Adding further, Sonowal added, “I take this opportunity to congratulate everyone at NIH for being one of the centres of prominence when it comes to traditional medicine, especially Homoeopathy, in the country. With more than 2000 people availing health care services at NIH, it is providing a tremendous service towards healthcare of the country, especially in West Bengal.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahendra Munjapara, Union Minister of State for Ayush and Women & Child Development, said, “NIH, Kolkata is offering unparalleled educational opportunities in homoeopathy for learners community. It is serving the nation by advancing, sharing and applying knowledge, and by facilitating the development of thoughtful, creative, adaptable, contributing towards building a force of doctors to aide and help patients.
Appraising about the NIH, Prof (Dr) Subhash Singh, Director, NIH, said, “Our institute has two campuses – one here in Kolkata and other in New Delhi. As many as 47 students enrol in the Post Graduate courses while 126 students join the under graduate courses every year. Admission into our Delhi campus is under process. NIH, Kolkata is designated as Intermediary Pharmacovigilance centre for Homoeopathy (IPVC) in India by the Ministry of Ayush. Doctors trained at NIH are working as faculties in most homoeopathy institutions across India and officiating many leadership roles for the promotion of Homoeopathy in the country.
The National Institute of Homoeopathy (NIH) was established on 10th December 1975 in Kolkata as an Autonomous Organisation under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. Presently, it is under the Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India.