The US-based MD Anderson Cancer Centre has pulled out of an IIT Madras event after the institution invited controversial yoga instructor and businessman Baba Ramdev to be the chief guest. MD Anderson Cancer Center tweeted, “In the past, MD Anderson has sponsored this conference through its Global Academic Program. But this year, we’re not a sponsor. Our name and logo are being used without permission, and we’ve requested they be removed from promotional materials.”
In the past, Swami Ramdev has claimed that yoga and medicines from his billion-dollar FMCG company, Patanjali, can cure cancer and AIDS, two terminal illnesses for which no comprehensive cure has been found by the scientific community thus far. Meanwhile, The theme of the conference is ‘Cancer prevention and treatment: From Ancient Medicine to Modern Medicine’. The event is to be held in Chennai on February 8, Thursday.