Chhattisgarh’s First Ayurveda University: In a significant development for the field of traditional medicine, Chhattisgarh is set to establish its first Ayurveda University in the capital city of Raipur. The announcement was made by the State Education Minister, Shri Brijmohan Aggarwal, during the inauguration of the 2-day Ayurveda Alumni Meet “Swarna Kumbh” at Shri Narayan Prasad Awasthi Government Ayurved College on Saturday.
The event not only celebrated the reunion of alumni but also recognized and honored veteran doctors who graduated from the institution and are now serving both within the country and abroad.
Minister Aggarwal emphasized the intrinsic connection of Ayurveda to daily life, stating that Ayurveda is ingrained in our way of living. He highlighted that every kitchen in our homes can be considered an Ayurvedic medicine center, providing individuals with the knowledge to maintain a healthy body. The minister reminded the audience that Ayurveda has roots tracing back to ancient times, citing the example of Vaidyaraj Sushen saving Shri Lakshman ji’s life with Ayurveda during the era when allopathy was non-existent.
He noted that despite its historical significance, the British era marginalized the Indian medical system. It was only through the efforts of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that Ayurveda and AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy) gained renewed attention and recognition globally. Ayurvedic remedies played a crucial role in saving countless lives during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister Aggarwal urged for increased awareness about Ayurveda among the general public, emphasizing the need to integrate this traditional system of medicine into mainstream healthcare practices.
During the alumni meet, Minister Aggarwal shared nostalgic sentiments, stating that the event provided an opportunity for attendees to reminisce about their student days and reconnect with old friends. He acknowledged the struggles of those who tirelessly worked to elevate Ayurveda to a status equal to allopathy.
The event was graced by the presence of notable personalities, including former MP Dr. Bhushanlal Jangde, poet Dr. Surendra Dubey, and Principal Dr. G. The distinguished gathering also included R Chaturvedi, Joint Director, AYUSH, Dr. Sunil Kumar Das, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Patanjali Diwan, Dr. Shiv Narayan Dwivedi, and Dr. Harendra Shukla, among others.
The establishment of Chhattisgarh’s first Ayurveda University is expected to be a pivotal step in promoting traditional Indian medicine, fostering research, and nurturing future generations of Ayurvedic practitioners.
Source: Chhattisgarh Jansampark (28 January 2024)