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TN controversy: What is Charak Shapath

A Dean in TN has been suspended following a controversial oath administered on students
The Dean of the government medical college in Madurai Tamil Nadu has been transferred and put on a compulsory wait following the controversial oath taken by the first year students.
The health department said that during the induction ceremony the students took the English translation of the Sanskrit oath, ‘Charak Shapath’
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narayan Thirupathy claimed that the decision to remove the dean was a political move
"Hippocratic oath is a westernised way of taking the pledge. NMC recommended the old Indian way of medicine (Maharshi Charak Shapath). Unnecessary politics should be avoided,” Thirumurthy told news agency ANI
The health authorities said that the Dean , A Rathinavel should have been careful considering it is such a sensitive matter
At the Madurai Government Medical College, instead of the Hippocratic Oath, the Maharshi Charak Shapath was administered on Saturday
The government said it would advise heads of all state-run medical colleges through a circular to always follow the Hippocratic oath without fail
The National Medical Commission had recently recommended that the Maharshi Charak Shapath should replace the Hippocratic oath
According to new guidelines, "Modified Maharshi Charak Shapath is recommended when a candidate is introduced to medical education"
The Samhita is a Sanskrit text on Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine. The Hippocratic Oath is an ethical code attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates and it is widely used