This is constituted under section II (I) of Ayurveda Act No. 31 of 1961 as amended by Ayurveda (Amendment) Law No. 7 of 1977. The Act provides for a Council of a maximum of 18 members consisting of ex-officio president of the Council. The Registrar who also functions as the Secretary to the Council is appointed by the Council itself.
The Ayurvedic Medical Council is the authority responsible for;
Recommending to the Minister whether any Ayurvedic teaching Institution should be approved by him for the purpose of the Ayurveda Act.
Registration of Ayurveda practitioners, pharmacists and nurses and the cancellation or suspension of such registration.
Making rules for the regulation and control of professional conduct of Ayurvedic practitioners, pharmacists and nurses.
The members for the time being of the Council form a body corporate with the name of “The Ayurvedic Medical Council”. The Council has perpetual succession and the right to sue and be sued. It may acquire and hold any movable or immovable property and enter into contracts.
Of the functions assigned to the Council, the most important is the registration of Ayurvedic practitioners.
The Ayurveda Act. No. 31 of 1961 provides that only a registered Ayurveda practitioner is entitled to use the title “Vaidyacharya” (physician) and only such a practitioner is legally or duly qualified to practice Ayurvedic medicine. Any person who, not being a registered Ayurvedic practitioner, practices for gain Ayurvedic medicine shall be guilty of an offence.
The registration of Ayurvedic physicians falls under two broad categories.
Registration of physicians, who possess medical qualifications, laid down in the Act or recognized by the Ayurvedic Medical Council.
Registration of paramparika (traditional physicians. In order to give an opportunity to physicians who have had no institutional training this scheme of registration was initiated in 1956. The facility is still available though the original intention was to restrict this for a limited period.
The physicians are registered either as general practitioners or as ‘special’ physicians. The Ayurvedic Medical Council maintains separate registers for these categories.
A few years ago, there was a scheme for training of Ayurvedic pharmacists by the Department of Ayurveda. Those who successfully completed the course were registered at the Ayurvedic Medical Council. At present, however, this scheme of training is temporarily suspended.
So far no scheme for training of Ayurvedic nurses has been initiated. As a result the need for registration of this category has not arisen, though the Act makes provision for it. A committee has been appointed to consider the feasibility of training Ayurvedic nurses. The report has not yet been submitted.
Rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of Ayurvedic physicians have been approved by the Minister of Health and gazetted in June 1971. These rules are reproduced in annex II.
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