CONSTITUTING MEDICAL COLLEGES IN ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE.
Dr. M. Aslam Khan, an analytical, seasoned medical professional shares his story as an instrumental dynamic social figure in health care and education.
Dr. Aslam Khan, born in a mediocre family of Roorkee, Uttrakhand, was the youngest of the 3 brothers.
From quite an early age he had a strong desire to learn. He lost his mother at quite an early age due to a
chronic illness. This made him passionate about building a disease-free world. In the quest something that might help the society at large, he chose to pursue Ayurveda for M.D. (Indo), MD (Ayur). It was, however, much later during his medical practice that he realized that the education sector of the country needed the power of youth for upliftment, which led him to build and develop National Medical Community College (NMC). For over 35 years, his aim has been to find a treatment for every illness in this world no matter what. His efforts have hence been aimed at building such a world with the help of efficiently educated and well trained medical practitioners at his college and in various social, spiritual causes.
It had always been a dream to build NLM as Dr. Khan believed that education was an essential basic right of all and it would help in creating equality by eliminating barriers of discrimination. Also, education in the lone of medicine (alternative) would help in the betterment of the nation’s well being as a whole. He resigned from military services where he was working as Dr. Defence (MES) Sr. Consultant GOI, to start building the dream of helping the nation get disease-free. Hence the foundation of the college was laid on 15th May 1984 by Begum Mohsin Qidwai, Health Minister, Govt of India with the idea of enlightening the world with the power of knowledge and enabling the needy with job courses that could help them earn for their families.
The initial years of The NMC were tough. Though it was an attractive platform for youngsters to get a professional education, specifically in the line of alternative medicine, the initial years got really bad
in terms of admissions. The financial crunch led Dr. Khan to close down the college at one point in time and continue his medical practice. Nevertheless, undeterred by the favoring circumstances, he kept trying hard and eventually, the admissions started coming in. The miracle happened due to the word of mouth of the successfully placed students that was enough to capture the attention of those who were looking for similar courses to build a better career.
Today, NMC is an established Medical College in Alternative Medicine. What has set it apart from the
other colleges is definitely the intent of enabling the health and welfare machinery of the nation to provide the best medical care to every individual through the best education. The natural product range of NMC pharma again adds to the same and aims at making the nation healthy and disease-free.
The college aims to attract the ablest and committed medical aspirants. The strategy of building capacity
and diversity on course programs, adding more professional medical courses and upgrading the courses
as per the changes in the medical field helped him to keep ahead and worked as a catalyst in the growth. The launch of NMC pharma (a line of natural products) in 2018 was another phase of achieving his aim of healthy India.
In the endeavor of contributing to the healthcare needs of the country, NMC aims at imparting academic
excellence in the field of medical education and providing holistic health services to the community and the nation. For his unparalleled contribution in the field, many awards have been bestowed upon him, such as Appreciation Certificate by President of India, Hon’ble Shri V. V. Giri for arranging eye camp
in Roorkee, Conferred the award of National level, “Global Grand Book” by Hon’ble Mr. I K Gujral in
1997; he was appreciated by Hon’ble Najma Heptulla, Chairperson Rajya Sabha on behalf of min of social justice, appreciated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of UP at LKO and many more. He served in the Ministry of Defense as a medical officer in MES Remount depot RTDS, Saharanpur and Sarsawa Airport in the 1980s. NMICC has been featured on ETV and appreciated as one of the best colleges of the Nation.
Dr. Aslam elaborates, “We encourage competition in our field because the presence of more and more such colleges in the country would definitely help us build a healthy and educated nation. This would be a step towards the realization of our mission statement for 2030.”