Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Delhi, India
Sunday, 30 November, 2014

New Delhi: Eighteen new ayurveda colleges have received the Centre's nod this year, against permission for only one such institution in the last three years as government seeks to promote traditional forms of treatment and integrate them into the existing health care system.

Seven of these new colleges will come up in Uttar Pradesh followed by three in Maharashtra, two in Rajasthan besides six others in as many states, Ayush Ministry sources said.

The ministry is in charge of ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy.

The approval has come this year and has been given against proposals for setting up 39 new ayurveda institutions.

Permission was granted to only one college last year against proposals for 30 new colleges the previous government had received. No permission was given in 2011 and 2012.

There are currently 281 ayurveda colleges in the country offering 15,057 graduate and 3,081 post-graduate seats.

Pitching for integration of ayurveda, yoga and other traditional forms of treatment in the existing health care system, a committee set up by the BJP government to promote "holistic health" had recommended reforms in medical education, research and legal framework.

Noting that Ayush infrastructure is far from satisfactory besides the industry being poorly regulated, the government had notified National Ayush Mission (NAM) in September this year, laying down a detailed road map to shore it up.

NAM aims to improve Ayush education and provide better access to its service through increase in number of Ayush hospitals and dispensaries, besides offering quality drugs by increasing pharmacies, drug laboratories and "improved enforcement mechanism".

"On one hand many Ayush education centres are in poor shape and on the other, lack of quality control often makes people suspect the practitioners and quality of drugs they provide," sources said, adding that government was working to turn things around.

The Centre is also in talks with states to improve legislative framework to regulate Ayush practitioners and drugs.


The Hindu (Raviprasad Kamila)
Monday, 17 November, 2014
Mangalore, India

Minister for Health and Family Welfare U.T. Khader said here on Sunday that the [Karnataka] State government will open an AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) university next year.

It is likely to come up in Shimoga but the venue might change, he told presspersons.

Mr. Khader said that it required at least 100 acres for the university and the government might get the land in Shimoga.

In addition to academic activities, the university would conduct research and development.

Mr. Khader said that the government has begun issuing bio-metric cards to AYUSH doctors in the State. It would help in identifying them and keeping away quacks.

He said that unless Ayurveda doctors stopped prescribing allopathy medicines, ayurveda would not grow. “Ayurveda doctors should practice Ayurveda only,” he said.


PTI / Press Trust of India
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa

Highlighting the potential of Ayurveda, India has showcased its culture, business and cuisine techniques to South African business leaders in Johannesburg, with an aim to increase bilateral trade.

"The new government in India is giving Ayurveda a big boost. We have a new ministry and a new Minister looking after it. To add to Ayurveda, yoga is also something that goes along with it, and soon there will be an International Day of Yoga for which India has piloted a resolution in the UN General Assembly," Indian Consul-General Randhir Jaiswal said.

Speaking at India Week event concluded last week, he said that with the collaboration of Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, and the India Business Forum, comprising Indian businesses represented in South Africa, they put together a package of culture, business and cuisine to propel a bigger India-South Africa connect.

"Areas in which South Africa has global competency and a distinct advantage over India include food processing, construction, logistics, mining, tourism and technology solutions. These are areas where we think that South Africa can do wonders with us in our Make in India programme," said Jaiswal.

"At the same time, the 150 Indian companies which are present in South Africa have proven technology and competencies in areas such as information technology, pharmaceuticals and automobiles," he said.

During a session on how India had seen exponential growth in the pharmaceutical sector, special emphasis was placed on the potential for Ayurveda. "Africa is a very fertile ground for traditional medicine because of its ancient cultural traditions. Given the size of the presence of the Indian diaspora here, I see Ayurveda as one area in which we can leverage the strength and also to promote small and medium industry in South Africa," he said.

Abdullah Varachia of GIBS said the event has helped clear up a lot of misconceptions about Ayurveda. "Our Ministry of Health is trying to move in the direction of placing greater emphasis on African Traditional Medicine.

Ayurveda is a great case study of how traditional medicine can have a significant impact on primary health care," he said. Varachia said the event was organised to present India as a dynamic emerging market economy, especially with the massive changes in the last six months, to business leaders in South Africa, but also to share with them the culture, tradition and legacy of India.

"In the last few years, we have only spoken about business, but this time we have also tried to show South Africans the culture and food from different parts of India," Varachia added. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba engaged the India Business Forum to explain how the South African government was keen to secure even more investment from India.

Professor Dilip Menon from the Centre of Indian Studies at Wits University delivered an innovative presentation, highlighting how Indian cinema has since its inception reflected the changing social and political environment throughout India's history.

The total bilateral trade hit USD 15.7 billion in 2012 with South African exports reaching USD 10.9 billion, whilst Indian imports reached USD 5.7 billion. South Africa has advanced agriculture and food processing sectors due to the use of sustainable technologies, especially in supply, cold chain management and infrastructure development.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Thaiurveda วิทยาศาสตร์เพื่อชีวิตไทย
The Ayurvedic Influences on Thai Medicine: A Presentation by Edward Zachowski
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 2:30pm

Ed Zachowski of Thaiurveda, a graduate of Sai Ayurvedic College (Miami, FL) will be presenting a lecture on The Ayurvedic Influences on Thai Medicine at the Eighth Annual Indian Festival. Event begins at 2:30 PM Saturday 22 November 2014 at the Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at The India Center or BrownPaper Tickets

Other presenters include:

Guru Calai Chandra started learning Bharat Natyam at the age of 5 years and quit a successful IT career in the US to obtain an MFA in India. Calai is Founder and Artistic Director of STUDIO 102 and has been performing Bharat Natyam professionally for over 10 years. She dances, teaches, choreographs and creates her own dance repertoires. Her school will be presenting Bharat Natyam Dances at the festival

Guru Neelima Raju started studying dance in 1985 and joined the Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam's Kuchipudi Kalakshetra in 1987. She was mentored by Shri Hari Rama Murthy and Guru Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam and graduated with a "Natya Visharada" degree in 2001. She was awarded the Vishaka Music and Dance Academy award, Natya Ravali Ugadi Talent Award, and the Kurella Sita Mahalakshmi Award and is a recipient of the Government of India Scholarship and is currently a member of the UNESCO's International Council of Dance. Her school will be presenting Kuchipudi Dance items at the festival.

Dr. Amita Gupta, Professor of Education at The City University of New York and a Fulbright Research Scholar will speak on Vedic Education and Mr. Vasu Murthy former Prsident of Kannada Koota will speak on the Sanskrit text Amarkosha while Vasthu expert Swamy Manjulanandji who is visiting from India will speak about the benefits of this ancient art.

The Rajasthani Association of North America (RANA) will make a presentation on the glorious culture of Rajasthan.

Monday, November 10, 2014


New Delhi Television/NDTV
New Delhi, India
Monday, November 10, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, in his cabinet expansion on Sunday, created a separate AAYUSH portfolio, whose minister will be charged with promoting traditional medicines and practices of Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy.

As the first ever AAYUSH minister, Shripad Yesso Naik will have Independent Charge. AAYUSH was previously part of the Health Minister's responsibility.

PM Modi begins his day with yoga and had in his speech at the United Nations in September, made a strong pitch to observe an International Yoga Day, which has reportedly been supported by 50 countries, including the US and China.

He also regularly mentions traditional Indian practices in his exchanges with important world leaders. PM Modi had such a discussion with President Barack Obama during his visit to the United States and had gifted a book on Yoga to his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott, who expressed an interest in the traditional Indian forms of physical, mental and spiritual practices when he visited India also in September.

While calling on member countries of the UN to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day, Mr Modi had said, "Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being."


IANS - IndoAsian News SErvice
Sunday, November 9, 2014
New Delhi, India

New Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that ayurveda can acquire global recognition, like yoga, if it is presented in the right spirit and as a way of life.

"Yoga had acquired global recognition for people who wanted a stress-free life and are moving towards holistic healthcare. Similarly, if ayurveda is presented in the right spirit as a way of life, it too can acquire acceptance," he said in his address at the valedictory session of the 6th World Ayurveda Congress here.

Modi said the biggest challenge to ayurveda comes from people who have dedicated their life to it as "they too do not trust it fully".

"The biggest challenge for ayurveda is posed by the people associated with it. It is hard to find physicians who are 100 percent committed to ayurveda. Unless the practitioners believe in it fully they cannot convince patients," he said.

The prime minister said instead of projecting ayurveda and allopathy as competing streams of medical science, ayurveda should be described as a way of life.

A disease can be cured by allopathy, but if a person adopts ayurveda, he can ensure that he remains healthy and free of disease, he said, and called on ayurveda practitioners to be dedicated to the stream not just as a profession, but as a service to mankind.

The prime minister said it is essential for ayurveda to reach people in a simple, effective way and for this, the modes of treatment should also be better packaged.

"Space has to be created in international medical and science publications, for articles on ayurveda. But the effort for this has to come from the practitioners and researchers of ayurveda," he added.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said despite having a rich heritage in alternate systems of medicine, India is behind China in this field.

"China has used its potential and created a lot of potential for employment," he said adding that the government has now decided to pump in around Rs. 5,000 crore in the Ayush mission.

The 6th World Ayurveda Congress (WAC) and Arogya Expo is being held to integrate ayurveda with the mainstream public health system and propagate it globally as a safe and cost-efficient health care alternative. The event was is being organised by the AYUSH (ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy) department under the union health and family welfare ministry, in collaboration with the World Ayurveda Foundation (WAF) and the Delhi government.

Saturday, November 1, 2014


ANI Asia News International
New Delhi, India
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Sixth World Ayurveda Conference which opens today, the first of a series of events proposed to celebrate the place of the 'fifth Veda' in the mainstream of the Indian public health system.

"Ayurveda may be ignored today in India, but all Indians will be proud to know that the Museum of Pathology in Chicago Medical School in the US has a portrait of the ancient Indian medical practitioner, Susruta. Under the portrait is a caption which reads 'The man who did the first cataract surgery," Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan told the media here.

Elaborating on the format of the World Ayurveda Congress, Harsh Vardhan said it will comprise five plenary sessions and 25 technical sessions on 15 research themes. "In all, 750 scientific papers will be presented by scientists from India, Germany, Italy, USA, Argentina, Russia, among other countries," he said.

Harsh Vardhan also announced that the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in New Delhi will admit its first batch of post-graduate students during the academic year 2015-16.

"One of my first decisions was to approve the course content. I would like to see this develop into an institution comparable to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for Ayurveda." Harsh Vardhan said. (ANI)