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Madurai medical college dean relieved of post for students taking ‘Charaka Oath’

Chennai, May 1 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu medical education department on Sunday relieved the dean of Madurai Government medical college, Dr. A. Ratnavel for MBBS students of the college taking ‘Maharshi Charak Shapath’ instead of the traditional Hippocratic oath.

The relieved dean is put on waiting list by the state government.

An official release from the Tamil Nadu medical education department on Sunday said that fresh students of Madurai medical college were administered ‘Maharshi Charak Shapath’ instead of the traditional Hippocratic oath.

It is to be noted that the National Medical Commission had recommended that the Maharshi Charak Oath should replace the Hippocrates oath for fresh MBBS students.

Tamil Nadu health minister Ma Subramanian told BPNS that the government would conduct a departmental inquiry against the dean on the reason for administering ‘Maharshi Charak Shapath’ without consent from the state government.

Charah Shapath is a passage from the Charak Samhitha is a guideline like do’s and don’t’s by a teacher to new MBBS students.

However, Union health Ministry had said that ‘Maharshi Charak Shapath’ is optional and cannot be forced on Medical students. Tamil Nadu government had directed state-run medical colleges to stick on to the Hippocrates oath after the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates which is widely used across the globe.