Top Mumbai college under scanner

Jul 07, 2013, 07:25 IST | Akela

Santacruz-based Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, which owes affiliation to the UK-based institute by the same name, faces inquiry after complaints that its PG course is not recognised by either the state or the central government

The Santacruz-based Hahnemann College of Homeopathy has run into rough weather with the Maharashtra Council of Homeopathy (MCH) initiating an inquiry against the institute for allegedly running unrecognised post graduate courses in Homeopathy. The institute, run by a private firm called Enlightenment Education, in affiliation with the London headquartered HCH, charges Rs 1.5 lakh from students pursuing a PG degree.

New Hari Nivas building in Santacruz (E) where the Indian branch of the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy is located. Pic/ Suresh KK

According to a complaint filed by Dr Govind Pratap Titar, the state deputy director of Homoeopathy in the Directorate of Ayurveda, the college does not have necessary approvals from either the state and central governments to run the course.

The Hahnemann College of Homeopathy is a well-known college in the UK with several Indian-origin doctors running the institution. The official website of the institute mentions the Santacruz branch as it’s Asian headquarters. The London-based college runs two recognised and popular diploma programmes and a PG course. The course fee for the PG course in UK is 5000 Pounds (around Rs 4,50,000).

Last week, Dr Titar had written to the MCH requesting an enquiry against the Mumbai branch of the college. “I can confirm that the college’s Post Graduation course is not approved by the Government of Maharashtra or the Central government. The offence is serious. I have requested the MCH to investigate the matter,” Titar told SUNDAY MiD DAY.

On June 13, MCH officials wrote a letter (copy available with SMD) to Dr Titar, informing him that inquiry has been initiated against HCH. When contacted, Deepak Bhoyar, deputy registrar of the MCH refused to comment on issue.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) seems to have jumped into the fray as well. “I have asked the police and the home department to register a case of cheating and forgery against the owner of the Santacruz-based college, Dr Jawahar Shah,” said Dr Ved Tiwari, head of the medical cell at MNS.

The other side
When contacted, Dr Shah confirmed that MCH officials had got in touch with him. “I am aware that they have initiated an inquiry against me. But
Dr Titar, who instigated this, has no authority to question the legitimacy of the college. I am a doctor of international repute and I have organised 500 seminars in 32 countries,” he told SMD. His personal website refers to him as a homeopath by training who runs a “busy Homoeopathic practice for 30 years in Mumbai”, and mentions  that he is a member of the Central Council of Homeoeopathy, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 

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