New Delhi: In a bid to ensure that people are able to confidently avail the traditional means of medication, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is planning to award the qualified practitioners with a degree – Gram Vaidya.

To begin with, five traditional methods of treatment including treating Jaundice, performing midwifery, fixing bone fractures, treating skin diseases and snakebites would be included in the course structure.

IGNOU has joined hands with the Quality Council of India (QCI) and Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) to realize this plan, which is being financed by the Ayush Department of Union Health Ministry with approval from the Planning Commission.

FRLHT is setting the standards to test the traditional treatment methods whereas QCI is preparing its own parameters to give them recognition.

Under this plan, a five member special medical team is scientifically studying the traditional methods of curing the above mentioned ailments.

A pilot project of this study would be launched in eight states including Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Orissa and Tamil Nadu.
Accepting the degree of ‘Gram Vaidya’ would be optional for those who have been practicing traditional methods of treatment.