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The Central Council of Indian Medicine is a Statutory Body constituted/ established under the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 vide Government of India Gazette Notification Extraordinary Part II Section 3(ii) dated 10.8.1971.


The main objectives of the Central Council are as under:-

  1. To prescribe Minimum Standards of Education in Indian Medicine viz Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Tibb.
  2. To advise Central Government in matters relating to ‘inclusion’ (Recognition) and ‘withdrawal’ (De-recognition) of medical qualifications in Second Schedule to the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970.
  3. To maintain the Central Register of Indian Medicine and revise the Register from time to time.
  4. To prescribe Standards of Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Code of Ethics to be observed by the practitioners.

The Central Council of Indian Medicine with the previous sanction of the Central Government as required under Section 36 of the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 after obtaining the comments of the State Governments as required under Section 22 of the said Act has prescribed following courses for Under-graduate and Postgraduate education of Ayurved/Unani/Siddha through Regulations:-

(a) Under-graduate Course

  1. Indian Medicine Central Council (Minimum Standards of Education in Indian Medicine) (Amendment) Regulations,1989 for Ayurvedacharya (BAMS) Course.
  2. Indian Medicine Central Council (Minimum Standards of Education in Indian Medicine) Regulations, 1995 for Kamil-e-Tib-o-Jarahat (BUMS) Course.
  3. Indian Medicine Central Council (Minimum Standards of Education in Indian Medicine) Regulations, 1986 for Siddha Maruthuva Arignar (BSMS) Course.

(b) Post-graduate Course

  1. Indian Medicine Central Council (Postgraduate Education) (Amendment) Regulations, 2005 for Ayurved Vachaspati MD (Ay.).
  2. Indian Medicine Central Council (Postgraduate Education) Regulations, 1979 amended upto 1988 for Mahir-e-Tib MD (Unani)
  3. Indian Medicine Central Council (Postgraduate Education) Regulations, 1979 for Siddha Maruthuva Perarignar MD (Siddha).

These courses are being imparted in Ayurved/Unani/Siddha colleges affiliated to various Universities of the country. At present 233 Ayurved, 39 Unani, 07 Siddha colleges are running in various states of the country.

The Central Council of Homoeopathy is a statutory body constituted by the Government of India under the provisions of Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973. Its main objectives are:

(a) the regulation of Homoeopathy medical education,
(b) the maintenance of a Central Register of Homoeopathic Practitioners in the country, and
(c) prescribing standards of professional conduct, etiquette and a code of ethics for the practitioners of Homoeopathy.

The Central Council is constituted of elected members from the State Boards/Councils of Homoeopathy and from the University Faculties/ Departments of Homoeopathy and of members nominated by the Central Government. The Council functions through various Committees like the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, PG Committee etc. The General Body of the Council is the supreme decision making body.

The Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 was amended in 2002 and the power to grant permission for starting new colleges, introducing new or higher courses of study and increasing the number of seats in a College is now vested with the Central Government. There are 184 undergraduate Homoeopathy colleges in the Country offering a five and half year Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery (B.H.M.S). degree course. The PG course is of three years duration leading to the award of M.D (Hom).

Following is the list of presently recognized and running UG & PG Courses of ASU & H by CCIM & CCH.

1. BAMS (Ayurveda Acharya) (UG Course)

2. BUMS (Kamil-e-Tibb-o-Jarahat) (UG Course)

3. BSMS (Maruthura Arinagar) (UG Course)

4. MD (Ay.) (Ayurveda Vachaspati) (PG course)

5. MS (Ay.) (Ayurveda Dhanwantari) (PG Course)

6. MD (U) (Mahir-e-Tibb) (PG Course)

7. MS (U) (Mahir-e-Jarahat) (PG Course)

8. MD (Siddha) (Siddha Maruthura Perariynar) (PG Course)

9. MS (Siddha)

10. BHMS (Homeopathy) (UG Course)

11. MD (Homeopathy) (PG Course)