VERY SOON, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) could be seen exporting Unani medicines manufactured at its Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College to the US, China and other countries.
The university has already dispatched samples of its famous brain tonic ‘Dimagheen’ and several other khamiras (fermented confection) and arqs (sap) to Mercer University in Atlanta for testing. It will approach the US for export permit after proper certification.
A Chinese delegation from Uyghur Medicine Research Centre in Xinjiang had also reportedly visited the AMU. It had inspected the Tibbiya College and expressed interest in developing a trade relationship with the AMU. The university is eyeing north America and European Union (EU) countries for exporting unani medicines.
At present, Tibbiya College manufactures nearly 450 types of Unani medicines and has an annual turnover of over Rs 90 crore.
“We are seriously considering to enter the international market. We have already started the process of getting certification in the US. Once it is done, it will be easier to enter North American and even the EU market. We will complete all formalities for exporting medicines from India. A Chinese team had come on its own and is eager to enter into an agreement,” Brig (retd) S A Ali, Pro-Vice Chancellor of AMU, said.
Claiming that the demand for Unani medicines was on rise, he said that AMU was not being able to meet the demands of some of its own medicines. “We understand that we have to turn professional to face the market and increase our production. Already, we have got a new factory constructed on the campus. We will soon set up fully-automatic machines. I have personally visited an expo in Mumbai to finalise the machines. Professionals will be recruited to run the factory,” Ali said.
The Tibbiya College was established as part of AMU in 1927 and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Unani medicine. It also offers OPD services and maintains an indoor hospital with 95 beds. At present, it has nearly a dozen departments. Commonly, it is also known as ‘AMU Dawakhana’, where it boasts of receiving the most number of OPD patients in any unani hospital.