The medical students who wish to make their career in the medical industry can pursue BUMS (Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery). B.U.M.S. is an undergraduate medical degree in the field of Unani medicine and surgery. If think about BUMS history, the word Unani is a Greek word for the term Unani (Perso-Arabic). It was the preaching of Greek Physicians Hippocrates and Galen. BUMS medicine degree is well known for its four classical senses of humour of Hippocrates - phlegm (balgham), blood (dam), yellow bile (Safra) and black bile (Sauda). Unani medicine was introduced in India by Arabs and the Persians in the 11th century.
BUMS education and training in India is being regulated by Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), which is a statutory body under the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Sidhha and Homeopathy (AYUSH). In order to get admission under the BUMS course, an aspirant must fulfil certain eligibility conditions and should also qualify NEET exam.
The medical aspirants desirous to pursue BUMS admission must complete their Class 12 or equivalent exam and fulfil the other specified eligibility criteria. Bachelors of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) is a five and a half years undergraduate degree, of which 4.5 years will be the academic session and one year of compulsory rotatory internship.
Through an official notification, in order to promote the BUMS course among the medical students, CCIM permitted around 1,706 BUMS seats across the country. Though candidates must note that the number of annual registrations applying for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - NEET 2020 exam (a national level entrance exam) will be more than 13 lakhs.
While it takes immense dedication, hard as well as smart work in order to crack NEET and to become successful in the profession, as a huge number of aspirants are trying to put themselves in the medical studies to become an Unani Doctor.
The Ministry of AYUSH released an official notification on June 26, 2018, stating that the admission to B.U.M.S. courses shall be compulsorily done on the basis of scores obtained in NEET. The state counselling authorities will release the application forms for the interested candidates for admission to degree course by a stipulated date.
However, the Patna High Court on October 10, 2018, in its order had rejected the order of Ministry of AYUSH which regulated all the states to take BUMS admissions on the basis of NEET scores. The single bench comprising Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh stated that aspirants who did not take NEET UG exam can also apply for BUMS admission offered by Government Tibbi College, Patna.
Contradicting the order of Patna High Court by releasing an open letter on November 1, 2018, the Ministry of AYUSH with the approval of Government of India, directed all the State/Union Territories (UTs) governments to admit the eligible students to BUMS undergraduate courses through the merit list of NEET.