Have you been mystified and intrigued by the world of ghosts, the supernatural or the paranormal?
Now you can learn "Bhoot Vidya" or the "science of paranormal" at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU, right) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, which is starting a six-month certificate course on the subject.
Bhoot Vidya is essentially psychotherapy and in the course doctors would be taught remedies and psychotherapy to treat psychosomatic disorders and abnormal psychological conditions caused by unknown reasons which many consider a "bhoot" (ghost).
The first set of classes will begin next month and will be conducted by the faculty of Ayurveda.
The remedies to psychosomatic disorders and ailments caused by ghosts will be taught to doctors holding Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees.
"A separate unit of Bhoot Vidya has been created in the faculty of Ayurveda for imparting formal education to doctors about the branch," said Mr Yamini Bhushan Tripathi, the Ayurveda faculty dean.
"It deals with the Ayurvedic remedies of treating ghost-related ailments and psychosomatic disorders."
According to him, "Bhoot Vidya is one of the eight basic branches of Ashtanga Ayurveda." He added: "It mainly deals with psychosomatic disorders, diseases caused by unknown reasons and diseases of mind or psychic conditions.
"The faculty of Ayurveda at the BHU is the first in the country to create a separate unit of Bhoot Vidya and design a certificate course on the subject."
Efforts to set up a separate unit for this Ayurveda branch began six months ago. The proposal was drafted after the heads of all 16 departments in the faculty gave a go-ahead.
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 doctor Sushil Kumar Dubey, associate professor at the faculty, said: "The new unit will help in the study of various things related with Bhoot Vidya, which deals with the psychological disorders and abnormal psychosomatic condition in a completely Ayurvedic way."
Indo-Asian News Service