Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences is a Centre of Indian Medical Culture and Heritage, one of its own kinds in the world. It is a unique academy not found anywhere in the country. The Academy is trying hard to keep our ancient medical culture of community alive. Two museums are devoted on these two themes of depicting culture, literature and heritage. It shows the accomplishments and contributions made by Indian Unani Physicians and Scientists in the last 1200 years in chemistry, physics, astronomy, botany, zoology, geology, mathematics, etc. The Academy has earned a name for itself not only in this country but also abroad, in a very short period of about 20 years.
Except the grant towards Centre of Excellence by Ministry of AYUSH; no further financial support has been received by this state of art academy. It is being managed by an individual family and interested and like-minded friends. The manuscripts need to be digitized and artefacts need to be organized and preserved systematically.
Unfortunately, tremendous pool of traditional knowledge is under threat and a number of manuscripts are disappearing at an alarming rate. Further, thousands of manuscripts lying in urgent need of conservation in a number of institutions around the country. Ibn Sina Academy is one such ones.
The Academy has two museums on separate themes: One is on medicine and science and another on arts, culture and orientalism.
Karam Husain Museum on History of Medicine and Sciences is an academic unit with collections and exhibitions. The main theme is the history of health and disease in a cultural perspective, with focus on the material and iconographic culture of medieval medicine and sciences. The museum has categorically the pictures and busts of physicians belonging to Mesopotamia, Babylonian, Egyptians, Greeks, Arab and Indian civilizations. In addition, medical manuscripts, catalogues, medical philately, medical souvenirs, memoirs of physicians including Nobel laureates, etc., are preserved and exhibited.
The museum has a large collection of coins, postage stamps, gemstones, paintings, engravings, watercolours, drawings, photographic print, utensils, garments including calico, busts, pens, memoirs and relics of some prominent personalities. In the museum, there are family collections like Prof. Syed Mahmood Husain Family Collection, Roohi Mabud Hasan Family Collection, etc.
Expert Committee on Museums
Ms. Ahmadi Begum
Curator, Hakim Fazlur Rahman Museum on Arts, Culture and Orientalism
Ms. Zahra Hashemi
Curator, Hakim Karam Hussain Museum on History of Medicine and Sciences
Abu Ali Ibn Sina is a well-known personality among the physicians of Unani medicine and scientists of physical sciences since medieval times. To commemorate and to institutionalize an academy named after him, Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine & Sciences was founded on March 1, 2000. The Academy has been registered under Indian Trusts Act, 1882 and was formally inaugurated on April 20, 2001. Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India gave accreditation to the academy in 2004 and promoted it as ‘Centre of Excellence’ in 2008. The Academy is now a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization with multiple aims and objectives.