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Endeavor to promote research in Unani medicine

Since writing for publication is a challenging task that necessitates the use of both research and composition skills, the aim of this conference was to develop both and make the scientific research clear and simple.

– Mohammed Atherulla Shariff

Bangaluru, 22 Sep: A national conference on “Mastering the Art of Scientific Writing” for Unani teachers was held at National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM) here Wednesday and Thursday. Sponsored by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, it was organised by the Department of Tahaffuzi wa Samaji Tib (Preventive and Social Medicine) of the Institute.

Participants of the conference

Since writing for publication is a challenging task that necessitates the use of both research and composition skills, the aim of this conference was to develop both and make the scientific research clear and simple.

Inaugurating the conference, the Karnataka AYUSH Commissioner, Mrs. Leelavathi explained how the Unani discipline of medicine travelled from the middle-Eastern countries to India. She emphasized over research in this discipline to make it more beneficial to people at large. The central government has established 22 research centres in Unani medicine in India, she said.

the traditional methods as Unani, Homeo and Ayurveda are equally important like modern medicines. These are based on natural things which people have been using since time immemorial.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Dr. Rakesh Mishra, Director Tata Institute for Genetics and Society Bangalore, said the traditional methods as Unani, Homeo and Ayurveda are equally important like modern medicines. These are based on natural things which people have been using since time immemorial.

Another guest, Dr. Asima Banu, head of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute emphasized that research papers shall not be written to seek promotion or personal gains, but these should be aimed to promote the cause of medicine and guide students.

Valedictory session of the conference

Luminaries from medical research field addressed the technical session. Dr. Denny John, Adjunct Professor, Ramiah University of Applied Sciences put forth the general guidance for scientific writing and structuring and organization of scientific manuscripts. Dr. Rizwan SA, scientist at National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai spoke about effective literature searching and managing references.

Another expert Dr. Tanica Lyngdoh, faculty at Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi threw light on research reporting guidelines. She spoke online.

Dr. Shubhda Nagarkar of Pune University explained about identification of predatory journals and journal selection tools, while Dr. Bijaya Padhi from School of Public Health, Chandigarh explained the use of artificial intelligence in scientific writing.

NIUM Director Prof. Abdul Wadud

Dr. Senthil Amudhan of National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore talked about research publication and impact: journal and author metrics. The director of the host Unani Institute, Prof. Abdul Wadud explained the resources and tools for effective language.

Under the stewardship of Prof. Abdul Haseeb Ansari, the faculty member of the NIUM, Dr. Malik Itrat organized the conference. Since the conference was designed to impart a detailed understanding of the authoring, reviewing and publication of research articles in scholarly journals, it is expected that the participants will be able to effectively write and communicate manuscripts to the journals. A maximum of thirty selected Unani teachers across the country attended the well organised programme.

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