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The Claims

R. Thakur had applied to well-known Euro-based bank for a job. She had provided a Bachelor of Medicine certificate from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, Kolkata. The Institute openly professed affiliation to the World Health Organization (WHO). AuthBridge was contracted to authenticate the degree and the claims of the issuing institute.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

AuthBridge began the authentication process by approaching various medical bodies. These authorities included the Councils of traditional and alternative medicines at the local and national level. None of these organizations had any knowledge of the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines (IBAM), Kolkata.

Since AuthBridge had no success with this first line of approach, our researchers then contacted the Regional Office for South-East Asia of the World Health Organization (WHO), New Delhi. We requested them to confirm their association with the Kolkata based institute. A copy of the certificate, issued by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, Kolkata, was sent in support of our enquiries.

Events moved along and things started to get interesting. The Secretary, WHO responded to our communication and categorically, denied any association or relationship with the institute. The WHO office then sent a ‘cease and desist’ letter to IBAM. The WHO requested the institute to remove any use of the name ‘World Health Organization’ from their stationery, published material, communications and advertisements in the future.

AuthBridge’s next step was to get in touch with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. We requested them (via email) to confirm whether the courses offered by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines were recognized. If so were the graduates from this institute qualified to be doctors? The Ministry replied, telling us that the courses and subjects were not recognized.

Our Prognosis

We informed our client of the facts of the matter.

In our records, this case was treated as ‘Discrepant.’

 

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