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Address : Uttarakhand Ayurved University Station Road, Harrawala, Dehradun-248001 Uttarakhand, India
Uttarakhand Ayurved University was established by the Government of Uttarakhand vide Uttarakhand Ayurved University Act, 2009 for the purpose of ensuring, effective and systematic instructions, teaching, training, research and development in ayurved.
After the creation of Uttarakhand State from Uttar Pradesh various efforts have been made by state government to bring socio-economic change in this backward state with difficult geographical conditions. Despite its economic backwardness state is enriched with its vivid flora and fauna and is well-known specifically for vast potential of high altitude medicinal plants and herbs. The economic and scientific usage of such diversified resources may be a primary source of overall economic viability and sustainable growth culminating into radical economic growth of local people.
With this view, state government has already taken various steps in this direction and the establishment of first Ayurved University in the state may be certainly seen as a giant step in internationally acclaimed field of ayurved.
It has been now well established that scientific approach needs to be taken in order to establish ayurved globally for which it is equally important to have such academic facilities with state of the art research centre of excellence within the premises of this Ayurved University. This would fulfil the long existing gap of correlation between scientific basis analyses to Ayurvedic form of medical treatment.
In order to overcome the lack of basic research in Ayurvedic biology, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, has also constituted a task force of the eminent scientist The objective is to promote the application of basic sciences in the investigation of Ayurvedic concepts procedures and products, and nurture the discipline of ayurvedic biology.
The research in ayurved has been dominated by studies on medicinal plants and the development of herbal drugs, which has a large market growing at 15 percent per year. The basic research which employs Modern Biology, Immunology, and Chemistry to investigate the concepts, procedures, and products has received little attention. This gap calls out for correction lest the absence of basic studies according to modern scientific protocols should lead to ayurved being regarded as a form of herbal therapy.
Besides, with the establishment of academic facilities, constituents of AYUSH i.e. Ayurved Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy at a single place it is hoped that much needed intra correlation amongst these components would also be achieved and established.
There are four Vedas, which are Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. The Vedas date back to about five thousand years. They preach the philosophy of life. The Atharvaveda contains the principles of healing on which ayurved is based. ‘Ayur’ means ‘life’ in Sanskrit. ayurved is the most ancient science of healing which enhances longevity. It has influenced many of the older traditional methods of healing including Tibetan, Chinese and Greek medicine. Hence, ayurved is considered by many as the ‘mother of healing.’
Aryavarta, the native land of Aryans, covers a large area surrounding the Himalayas and is believed to be the place where the Rishis and Munis lived. At present it covers areas in countries like Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Tibet. The civilizations of these countries are deeply influenced by the unique intellectual contributions of these Rishis and Munis.
The practical tenets of Ayurveda are divided into eight sections or branches. These sections include the following:
- Kaya Chikitsa – Internal medicine & therapeutics (Healing and detoxifying measures).
- Shalya Chikitsa – Surgery (Extraction of foreign bodies/ things that cause discomfort to the body and the mind).
- Shalakya (Urdhvanga) Chikitsa – ENT, Opthalmology (Treatment of eyes, ears, nose, throat and head).
- Bala (Kaumar-Bhritya) Chikitsa – Paediatrics, Gynaecology-Obsterics (pregnant ladies & babies)
- Rasayana (Jara) Chikitsa – Gerontology (Care of the elderly and Rejuvenation therapy)
- Vajikarana (Vrishya Chikitsa) – Sexology (acquiring virile strength) (Aphrodisiacs)
- Bhoot Vidya (Graha Chikitsa) – Spiritual therapy, Psychiatry (Psychiatry Medicine)
- Visha Chikitsa (Agad tantra) – Toxicology (antidotes to poisons)
Ayurved is a complete or holistic system that integrates the mind, body and spirit. For a few centuries, the tradition of ayurved was dimmed due to the natural and human calamities and also by the invasion of foreign cultures into India. The sacred texts were either destroyed or stolen. However there were many ‘Vaidyas’ or doctors in India who managed to preserve some of the knowledge available in these Holy Scriptures. Divine plants that sustain long life and good health are now being rediscovered. Many renowned families of Vaidyas, who are specialized in certain branches of ayurved, have started functioning again in India. Today there is a revival of the ancient culture and traditions inherent to ayurved, which is a true gift of the ancient civilization to the modern world.
Quality of a Good Physician
The physician who has acquired the six attainments viz., the knowledge of the science of medicine, critical scientific reasoning, deep insight in allied sciences, memory, promptness in action and perseverance seldom fails to achieve his objective (viz., the protection, promotion and preservation of the health in the healthy and the alleviation of disease in the afflicted).
He is entitled to the title ‘Vaidya’ who has any one or the other of the following:
Knowledge (of the science of medicine), intellect, keen interest in his work, success in practice (of medicine) and the guidance of a senior (an experienced physician).
One who possess (all) the aforesaid attainments deserves to be called the best Vaidya. He becomes the benefactor of humanity.
Science is light and it illuminates. One’s own intellect is vision. One who applies both (science and intellect) seldom errs.
- Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery(BAMS)
- Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine & Surgery (BHMS)
R & D Department
The Uttarakhand Ayurved University is the first Ayurved University in Uttarakhand. There are seven faculties to be established in the University. These faculties are Ayurveda, Biomedical Sciences, Yoga and Naturopathy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Homeopathy, Unani and Siddha System of medicine.
Faculty of Biomedical sciences is one of the main faculties being developed on priority basis and going to be one of the centre of excellence in Ayurvedic research. Faculty of Biomedical Sciences is the result of the vision of first and present Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Professor (Dr) Satyendra Prasad Mishra. The main objective is to promote the application of basic sciences in the investigation of Ayurvedic concepts, procedures, products and nurture in the discipline of Ayurved biology and evidence based medicine.
Hon’ble Vice Chancellor has also conceptualized Faculty of Biomedical Science to validate the time tested Ayurvedic concepts on the platform of modern sciences with plan to develop personalized medicine and search new ways to treat disease in modern world with the help of Ayurveda which is also need of the hour and a growing demand of the scientific community world over. The University has also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh and V.C.S.G. Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry (VCSGUUHF), Bharsar, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand to increase future collaboration and improve the medical research facilities. The University has also taken initiative to collaborate with some internationally renowned Universities/Organizations.
In accordance with the Gazette Notification No. 664/XXX-2015-46-2013 on 03/03/2015 of Govt. of Uttarakhand, the University has established following Departments under the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.
1.Department of Biotechnology
2. Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology
3. Department of Human Biology and Ayurvedic Biology
4. Department of Clinical Pharmacology
5. Department of Phytochemistry
Area of research
6. Ayurvedic drug discovery and development
Besides, the University is also planning to contribute in “Ganga Action Plan” to clean river Ganga.
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