Aligarh Muslim University’s top academic wins first UAE award for alternative medicine

Professor Wazahat Husain, an eminent academician of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has won an international award for Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Husain, a retired chairman of AMU’s Department of Botany, received the Second Sheikh Zayed International Award at an event organized by the Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation on Monday.

The Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in the United Arab Emirates that invests in the development of human capital to improve the quality of life, according to the Foundation’s website.

The award aims to recognize eminent Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) academics and scientists globally and TCAM practitioners in the United Arab Emirates, to enhance TCAM knowledge and practice and contribute to quality improvement of humanity’s life, he said.

Husain, an expert in plant taxonomy, has twice received lifetime achievement awards, once jointly by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the AYUSH ministry and then by the Wildlife Institute of India and Department of Wildlife Sciences, AMU.

Speaking to PTI, Prof Husain said he was honored to represent AMU and India at the pinnacle of his academic career.

“Academics don’t work for recognition, but when they come you have to accept them with humility. I dedicate this award to my university and my country,” said Professor Husain.

According to the WHO, traditional medicine is the sum total of knowledge, skills and practices specific to indigenous experiences and beliefs that are used in the maintenance of health, while alternative or complementary medicine refers to a broad set of health practices that are not part of it. of a country’s own tradition or of conventional medicine and are not fully integrated into the dominant healthcare system.

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