Archive for February, 2008

Himachal Pradesh to provide Ayurveda for public health

February 22nd, 2008

Shimla: Here’s good news for patients visiting Himachal Pradesh rural health centers. They may soon be able to consult both allopathic and ayurvedic doctors for treatment. Top government officials said Friday that a proposal has been sent to the central health ministry. If approved, it could offer a better option to patients who would benefit from both streams of medicine.

In the first phase, 250 public health centers and 70 community health centers, which already have allopathic doctors posted along with other paramedic staff, will also have an ayurvedic doctor to assist patients.

Cow’s urine as medicine

February 20th, 2008

Recently the BJP ruled Uttarakhand Government announced that it will procure cow’s urine, on the pattern similar to the procurement of milk by dairies, refine it and sell it to Ayurvedic pharmacies. A few other governments are also working on similar lines.

Ayurveda students demand stipend

February 18th, 2008

Mumbai: The Maharsatra Ayurvedic Student Association (MASA) has demanded stipend for students who are pursuing postgraduate programs in government aided ayurvedic colleges in the state.

Maharastra has about 56 ayurvedic colleges out of which only four are run by government. Since last two week students of post graduate government aided ayurvedic colleges in the state are demanding stipend. Dr Reema Patil, president MASA asked, “If MBBS students are entitled to stipend, why not us?”

Principal secretary of medical education Amitabh Chandra said that the government was looking into their demands. “We have to look into the financial implications and then decide,” he said.

Their demands also include better job opportunities for the 3,500-odd Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) graduates passing out every year. Students believe that the government has been hypocritical in its approach towards promoting ayurvedic medicine.

A government resolution of 1981 states that BAMS degree is equivalent to MBBS, “however, not a single BAMS doctor finds any place in government projects,” said Patil.

It should be mentioned, the National Rural Health Mission has sought the services of ayurvedic doctors as MBBS doctors are unwilling to practice in rural areas. “We have recruited 2,000 ayurvedic and unani practitioners to rural areas,” said Madhukar S Chaudhari, mission director of Maharashtra Rural Health Mission.

Sonia lays foundation stone for Santhigiri Ashram Research Center

February 15th, 2008

Thiruvananthapuram: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Friday said the messages of universal love and total rejection of caste-ism were more relevant at a time now when religion was being used to divide people.

Speaking on the occasion of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the building of the Santhigiri Research Foundation at nearby Pothenkode, Gandhi said the founder of Santhigiri Ashram, Navajyothi Karunakara Guru’s messages on universal love and casteism were more applicable as religion was being used to trigger trouble.

The Santhigiri Research Foundation was at present operating as an umbrella body co-ordinating initiatives in research being conducted by its various wings including those of Ayurveda and Siddha systems.

Tourism veterans recognize Sri Lanka’s best Ayurveda resort

February 10th, 2008

The travel and tourism sector of Sri Lanka was bestowed with Presidential awards for their outstanding contribution to socio-economic development of the country.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges comprising of Nalin Attygalla (Chairman), Dr. Hilary Cooray, Dr. L.N. Senaweera, Nihal Rodrigo, Sujatha Weerakoon and Ganaka Amarasingha, the Tourism Ministry said.

Worth mentioning on AyurvedNews.com is the Best Niche Operation for Ayurveda Based Tourism Operation was awarded to – Barberyn Ayurveda Beach Resort

Make Sanskrit education scientific: Nepal

February 4th, 2008

KATHMANDU, Feb. 4: Minister for Education and Sports Pradip Nepal said the Sanskrit lecturers should make more efforts to ward off phony concept of people regarding the Sanskrit education. Scientific research should be carried out to root out the traditional and conservative views to this subject, Minister Nepal focused.

Minister Nepal expressed such views while speaking at the 3rd National Convention of the Sanskrit University Teachers’ Association here yesterday.

Vice-Chancellor of the University Bidur Poudel said Sanskrit scripts kept in various libraries should be translated into Nepali and English languages; the Ayurveda, Yoga and tantric Yoga should be developed and the state should take initiatives to conserve the land belonged to the University.

Moreover, he demanded the government to provide Rs. 600 million to the University to do researches and open Ayurveda College under the University.