New Delhi: The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh is currently offering a six month certificate course called ‘Bhoot Vidya’. This course is meant for those who are intrigued by the the supernatural.

‘Bhoot Vidya’ or the ‘science of paranormal’ is essentially psychotherapy. Students opting for this course will learn how to treat psychosomatic disorders and abnormal psychological conditions that are believed to be caused by ghosts (bhoots). The first set of ‘Bhoot Vidya’ classes is slated to begin from January 2020. Notably, the faculty of Ayurveda will handle these classes for doctors holding Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree holders, stated a report by news agency IANS.

The staff will teach the various Ayurvedic remedies to treat psychosomatic disorders and ailments caused by ‘ghosts’ as part of the course syllabus. Speaking to news agency IANS, the Ayurveda faculty dean of BHU, Yamini Bhushan Tripathi said, “A separate unit of Bhoot Vidya has been created in the faculty of Ayurveda for imparting formal education to doctors about the branch.

It must be noted that Bhoot Vidya is considered a legitimate course by the BHU as it is one of the eight basic branches of Ashtanga Ayurveda, according to Tripathi. Besides, BHU becomes the first university in India to create a certificate course on the subject.

The efforts to set up a separate unit for this Ayurveda branch began six months back. A draft proposal was formed unanimously after a meeting of heads of all the 16 departments in the faculty. The proposal was then sent to the academic council of the university, which approved a separate unit and a certificate course on one of the basic branches of Ashtanga Ayurveda.

Ayurveda Vaidya Sushil Kumar Dubey, associate professor at the faculty, as quoted by news agency IANS said, “The new unit will help in the study of various things related with the Bhoot Vidya, which deals with the psychological disorders and abnormal psychosomatic condition in a completely Ayurvedic way.

(With inputs from IANS)