AYUSH ministry to set up Academic Chair in Ayurvedic Science at Western Sydney University

The Ministry of AYUSH will set up Ayurveda Academic Chair based at Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute, with tenure for a period of three years. Dr Rajagopala S, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Kaumarabhritya, All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), has been selected for the post of Academic Chair in Ayurvedic Science at the Western Sydney University, Australia.

Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, with the Australian delegation led by Professor Barney Glover, Vice Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University, and others. Pramod Kumar Pathak, Special Secretary; Dr Manoj Nesari, Adviser (Ayurveda), Professor Tanuja Nesari, Director, AIIA; Dr. Vidyarthi, Director MoA; Dr Rajagopala S and other officials from MoA, along with Paramita Tripathi, Joint Secretary, Oceania, Ministry of External Affairs, were present on this occasion.

On the occasion, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, said, “This is a great step and I am sure that this chair will strengthen our collaborations in promoting academic and collaborative research activities in Australia. This will also help in translating the research outcomes to integrate it with public healthcare delivery system to have credible evidences of our scientific practices.”

Professor Barney Glover, Vice Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University, acknowledged that this collaboration will help in bringing together Western medicine and Ayurvedic Science.

The Academic Chair will undertake academic and collaborative research activities in Ayurveda, including herbal medicine and yoga, as well as design academic standards and short-term/medium-term courses and educational guidelines. It will provide academic leadership in demonstrating and fostering excellence in teaching, research and policy development related to Ayurveda, within the robust Australian regulatory framework, and develop strategies to promote the translation and integration of evidence-based Ayurveda medicines into conventional healthcare.

The Ministry of AYUSH has taken concerted efforts for promoting and positioning Ayurveda and Yoga as the soft power of India. To facilitate the same, Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) have been signed for AYUSH Chair with 16 foreign countries. The MoA has also developed a central sector scheme for the promotion of International Cooperation (IC scheme) with the mandate to promote and strengthen awareness about AYUSH Systems of Medicine, to facilitate international promotion, development and recognition of AYUSH systems in foreign countries and to support international exchange of experts.

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