MP: State-Run Hospitals To Provide Astrologers, Soothsayers To Advice & Diagnose Patients
From September, astrologers provided by a state-run institution will advise and diagnose patients in government hospitals in Madhya Pradesh (MP), The New Indian Express reports.
The MP government has announced that it will start astrology Out Patient Departments (OPDs) in state-run hospitals to establish astrology as a “calculative science and not a hunch” and to produce a pool of “qualified” astrologers across the state.
These OPDs will reportedly also have vastu experts, palmists and soothsayers to offer medical advice to patients.
The astrologers will interact with patients twice a week and on weekends. The soothsayers will be certified under the Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan (MPSS).
The patients will be charged a minimal fee of rupees 5 to see the astrologers.
Diploma courses on astrology and priesthood begun by MPSS
The OPD will be operational at the Yoga Center building situated close to the Red Cross building in Bhopal, MP.
“Only we are giving it the name of astro-OPD and in no way will it be any kind of medical OPD to be operated at hospital,” MPSS director PR Tiwari told The New Indian Express. “Like OPDs where junior doctors work under the supervision of seniors, aspiring astrologers will assist astro experts in dealing with various kinds of cases in the astro OPDs.”
The experts at the aforementioned OPD will be faculty members teaching the annual diploma courses for astrology, vastu and paurohitya (priesthood). These courses were started a few weeks ago by MPSS.
“The students in these diploma courses will not only act as assistants to qualified astrologers in the OPD, but will also get hands-on training in devising astro-based solutions for different problems in the manner junior doctors get from senior specialists in regular medical OPDs,” said Tiwari.
Similar OPDs could spring up in 138 Sanskrit schools
Based on the success of the venture in Bhopal, similar OPDs could spring up in 138 Sanskrit schools run by MPSS across MP. This is in tandem with School Education Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah’s desire to “produce a pool of qualified astrologers and vastu experts” in the state.
Tiwari told The New Indian Express, “We’re planning to extend the annual diploma course in astrology, vastu and paurohitya to the Sanskrit schools in form of two years diploma courses. The students of Uttar Madhyama (equivalent to Class XI and XII) at the 138 Sanskrit schools who enroll in the two-years diploma courses, will study the diploma course subjects as additional subjects in the years of regular Uttar Madhyama course.”
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