Ad of Indian Institute of Yogic Science and Research

Its web page is http://iiysar.ac.in/.

Add comment June 13th, 2011

Update on the Yoga and Naturopathy hospital and research center in Bhubaneswar (Central Research Institute in Yoga and Naturopathy??)

We earlier wrote in http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/5748  that the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) was negotiating with Odisha government for a 25 Crore Central Research Institute for Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences. Following is an update on that from a report in Times of India.

The Union government will build a 100-bed yoga and naturopathy hospital in the city soon, official sources said. The state government has identified a 20-acre plot of land for the project at Binjhagiri near Chandaka on the outskirts of the city.

The director of Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy in New Delhi, Dr B T Chidananda Murthy, told TOI over the phone that the proposed hospital would come up at an estimated cost of Rs 25 crore. There will be 50 general ward beds and 25 each special and deluxe beds in the hospital for indoor patients. Besides, there will be daily outdoor clinics, he said. The hospital will also have a state-of-the art yoga hall and a research laboratory for chronic diseases.

Murthy said the state government wrote to the council recently, confirming the land allotment. "A central team will come to Orissa in the first week of May to finalise the plan. After taking possession of the land, the construction will start in less than six months," he said.

Murthy said the council wants to have at least six such premier branches across the country for which the Central government has already given its go ahead. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, pain management and age-related problems will be the main focus here. Preventive care will be a focus area of the hospital, which will cater to all sections of the society, Murthy said.

It will be the third such project in the country. Work for similar hospitals has already commenced in Karnataka and Haryana. The council, an autonomous body under the department of AYUSH, ministry of health and family welfare, is also keen to establish similar institutions in Bihar and Assam. "We are waiting for land allotment in those states," Murthy said.

Through the regional research hospitals, the council will undertake education, training and research programmes in fundamentals and applied aspects of yoga and naturotherapy, the council director said.

Most likely, this will be called Central Research Institute in Yoga and Naturopathy. (See http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=60830 where this name is mentioned in the context of the institutes in Haryana and Karnataka.)

Note that this is a seprate initiative from the planned central government take over of the Govt. Dr. AC Homoeopathy Medical College in Bhubaneshwar.

Another thing that should be done is that a branch of this, perhaps focsuing on pharmaceutical aspects, should be established in the foothills of the Gandhamardan Hills. See http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/3421 for a nicely written essay advocating this.

Add comment April 9th, 2011

NRIADD Bhubaneswar advertises in Samaja for a Senior Research Fellow

This institute is among one of the many institutes under the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha. The current details about the institute in Bhubaneswar is as follows:

National Research Institute of Ayurvedic Drug Development, Bhubneshwar

 

1.

Name Of The Institute

National Research Institute of Ayurvedic Drug Development, Bhubneshwar

2.

Name & Designation Of Unit Incharge

Dr.R.K.Swamy
A.D[Ay] Incharge

3.

Address With Phone, Fax No., E Mail

National Research Institute of Ayurvedic Drug Development,
Unit No.1, Bhubaneswar-751009
0674- 2530125 (Telefax)
2531941(Hospital), 2570650/  

2570705(R)/09437036463
[email protected]

4.

Activities
(A) Clinical Research

 

* Pharmacovigilance study on Ayurveda and Siddha practices

(B) Literary   Research :

1. Chikitsarnava 
2. Fifty Two Manuscripts of Orissa state Museum.

(C) Family Welfare

Contraceptives:
 Neem Oil

5.

Facilities Available

OPD/ IPD Level,
Pathological Lab,
Biochemistry
X- RAY,

6.

Special Treatment Available

Slipada (Filariasis)

Add comment December 17th, 2010

Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) negotiating with Odisha government for a 25 Crore Central Research Institute for Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences

Following is an excerpt from a report in samayalive.com.

Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) would start a two-year diploma course in naturopathy and yoga thearpy from next academic year, a top official said on Wednesday.

The course, sanctioned by union health ministry, was to cater to the growing demands for para-medical staff and assistants in the field of naturopathy and yoga therapy, Dr B T Chidananda Murthy, Director, CCRYN, Delhi, told to reporter.

… Stating that there were 12 naturopathy and yogic science colleges in the Country and about 300 doctors were coming out every year, he said the Council from next year would provide a scholarship of Rs 5,000 to those who are getting admitted for degree course outside their state, for the entire five years.

… Under Council’s new initiative, the ministry has approved to open six Central Research Institute for Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences at a cost of Rs 25 crore each, and three had already started construction in Karnataka,Haryana and Manipur, which would have 100 bedded hospitals.

The Council was negotiating with the Governments of Orissa, Jharkhand and Assam for starting such Centres, since it required a minimum of 10 acre of land free of cost.Discussions were on with Tamil Nadu government also, he said.

This is in addition to the planned central government take over of the Govt. Dr. AC Homoeopathy Medical College in Bhubaneshwar.

4 comments November 24th, 2010

Update on the upgradation of the Dr A C Homoeopathy Medical College in Bhubaneswar to a national institute

Following is an excerpt from a report in pharmabiz.com.

The Department of Ayush has initiated efforts to upgrade nine more institutions in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy as National Institutes of Ayush under the central sector scheme to uniformly improve quality of tertiary level healthcare and improve facilities and standards of medical education to meet global demand of Ayush.

The institutes, which would be upgraded to National Institutes through the current and the next Five Year Plans are the Institute of Post Graduate Teaching & Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar, Gujarat, Govt Ayurvedic College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Govt R A Poddar Ayurvedic College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Govt Ayurvedic College, Patna, Bihar, Rajiv Gandhi Govt PG Ayurveda Colege, Paprola, Himachal Pradesh, Govt Ayurvedic College, Guwahati, Assam, Govt Ayurveda & Unani Tibbiya College, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Govt Dr A C Homoeopathy Medical College, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa and Govt Nizamia Tibbi College, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Detailed project reports on requirements to upgrade these institutions, aiming to achieve the optimum infrastructure in the next five years, would be prepared soon. The project would be divided into two phases, where in the first phase would cover the capital work at equipment required and the salary, stipend and cosumables to be put in place in the current Five Year Plan, posted to end in the financial year 2010-11.

The second phase of upgradation to develop infrastructure to achieve optimum requirements, would commence in the 12th Five Year Plan, starting from the financial year 2011-12. Since these are existing and functioning institutions, the two-phased project would be appropriate for the proposed upgradation, comments Dept of Ayush sources. A call for eligible consultant firms to engage in preparing detailed project report has been issued by the department of late.

Post upgradation, the Ayurvedic institutions could accommodate 100 BAMS, almost 100 MDs and PhDs and 25 nursing students per year, even as the Unani and Homoeopathic institutions would have 100 BUMS/BHMS seats and 35 MD seats for seven subjects per year, uniformly.

The proposed National Institutes are part of the departments effort to upgrade the educational standards in the Ayurveda, Unani and Homoeopathy colleges in the country, strengthen existing research institutions and ensure a time-bound research programme on identified diseases for which these systems have an effective treatment, draw up schemes for promotion, cultivation and regeneration of medicinal plants used in these systems and to evolve pharmacopoeial standards for ISM and Homoeopathy medicines.

… The existing bed strength will be upgraded to 200 for Ayurvedic and Unani institutions and to 100 for Homoeopathy institutions with adequate treatment and diagnostic facilities and full-fledged testing laboratories with complete computer facilities will be in place in each of these institutes to bring in development of the segment in regional level.

At present, the department has eight apex educational institutions established to promote excellence in the Ayush segments – The National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, National Institute of Siddha, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bangalore, Karnataka, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi, National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune, Maharashtra, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata, West Bengal, Rashtriya Ayurved Vidyapeeth, New Delhi and the Institute of Post Graduate Teaching & Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar, Gujarat.

While it is good that Dr A C Homoeopathy Medical College in Bhubaneswar will be upgraded to a national institute, I wish it was an aurvedic college instead of a Homeopathy college. Thats because I do not think "Homeopathy" is backed by science. See for example the videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFtJgCzPgL0, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpvLCkajxc0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jqP_1beVXQ&feature=related.

1 comment June 23rd, 2010

Govt. Dr. AC Homoeopathy Medical College Bhubaneswar to be taken over by the center and upgraded

Following is an excerpt from the PIB http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=60830.

List of the Colleges, Institutions, Research Centres

 proposed to be established

 

        The Central Government has approved following 3 new Institutions for establishment:

1.      All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi

2.      North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh

3.      North Eastern Institute of Ayurved& Homoeopathy, Shillong, Meghalaya

        The Central Government has proposed to take over and upgrade following 9 State Government colleges:

1.      Institute of Post Graduate Teaching & Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar (Gujarat).

2.      Government Ayurvedic College, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).

3.      Govt. R.A. Poddar Ayurvedic College, Worli, Mumbai.

4.      Government Ayurvedic College, Patna (Bihar).

5.      Rajiv Gandhi Govt. PG Ayurveda College, Paprola (Himachal Pradesh).

6.      Government Ayurvedic College, Guwahati (Assam).

7.      Govt. Ayurveda & Unani Tibbiya College, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.

8.      Govt. Dr. AC Homoeopathy Medical College, Bhubaneshwar (Orrisa).

9.      Govt. Nizamia Tibbi College, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh).

        Establishment of 3 Central Research Institutes (Y&N) in Karnataka, Haryana and Manipur is in progress, after taking over free land from the State Governments

2 comments April 23rd, 2010

Existing health related institutes in Orissa

Following is from http://www.orissa.gov.in/health_portal/index.html.

Medical & Dental Colleges:

 

Government Colleges
Sl.No. Name of the College Location
Intake Capacity
      MBBS BDS
1 S.C.B. Medical College Cuttack 150 20
2. M.K.C.G. Medical College Berhampur 150
3. V.S.S. Medical College Sambalpur 150

 

Private Colleges
Sl.No. Name of the College Location
Intake Capacity
      MBBS BDS

1

Hitech Medical College

Pandra, Bhubaneswar

100

100

2

Institute of Medical Science & SUM Hospital

Kalinganagar, Ghatikia, Bhubaneswar

100

100

3

Kalinga Institue of Medical Science

Patia, Bhubaneswar

100

100

4

Gandhi Dental College

Bada Raghunathpur, BBSR

50


Ayurvedic Colleges:

Government Institutions

Sl

Name of the Institute

Location

Courses Offered

Duration of The Course

Intake Capacity

1

Gopabandhu Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya

Puri

B.A.M.S.

5.5 years

30

2

Kaviraj Ananta Tripathy Sharma Ayurveda College, Akuspur

Akuspur, Berhampur
Ganjam

-do-

-do-

-do-

3

Government Ayurveda College

Bolangir

-do-

-do-

-do-

Private Institutions:

Sl

Name of the Institute

Location

Courses Offered

Duration of The Course

Intake Capacity

1

Mayurbhanj Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya

Baripada ,
Mayurbhanj

B.A.M.S.

5.5 years

30

2

Sri Sri Nrusingha Nath Ayurveda College & Research Institute

Paikmal , Baragarh

-do-

-do-

-do-

3

Indira Gandhi Memorial Ayurveda College & Hospital

Bhubaneswar

-do-

-do-

-do-

 


Homeopathic Colleges:

Government Institutions

Sl

Name of the Institute

Location

Courses Offered

Duration of The Course

Intake Capacity

1

Dr.Avirna Chandra Homeopathy Medical College & Hospital

Bhubaneswar

B.H.M.S.

5.5 Years

25

2

Orissa Medical College of Homeopathy & Research

Sambalpur

-do-

-do-

-do-

3

Utkalmani Homeopathy Medical College & Hospital

Rourkela

-do-

-do-

-do-

4

Biju Pattnaik Homeopathy Medical College & Hospital

Berhampur

-do-

-do-

-do-

Private Institutions:

Sl

Name of the Institute

Location

Courses Offered

Duration of The Course

Intake Capacity

1

Mayurbhanj Homeopathy Medical College & Hospital

Baripada

B.H.M.S.

5.5 Years

30

2

Cuttack Medical College of Homeopathy

Cuttack

-do-

-do-

-do-

 


Nursing Colleges:

BSc. Nursing Course in Government & Private College of Nursing
Sl. No.
Name of the College 
Total Seats 
1
College of Nursing, Berhampur
20
2
College of Nursing, Cuttack 
20
3
SUM Nursing College, Bhubaneswar 
20
4
Lord Jagannath Mission’s College of Nursing, Bhubaneswar 
30
5
Neelachal Institute of Medical Science, Bhubaneswar 
15
6
Manjari Devi College of Nursing, Bhubaneswar 
20
7
Sushree Institute of Technical Education, CON, Bolangir 
20
8
VISWAS College of Nursing, Bhubaneswar 
25
9
Hi-Tech School of Nursing, Pandra, Rasulgarh, Bhubaneswar 
30
10
Gajapati College of Nursing, Parala Khemundi, Gajapati 
20
11
Jagannath Institute of Medical Scinece & Research, College of Nursing, Sahid Nagar, Bhubaneswar 
25
12
Sri Vidya Niketan College of Medical Science & Research, Nayapalli, Bhubaeswar 
20
 
TOTAL 
265

 

Diploma Course in General Nursing and Midwifery Training
Sl. No.
Name of the College 
Total Seats 
1
School of Nursing, SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack 
100
2
School of Nursing, VSS Medical College Hospital, Burla 
50
3
School of Nursing, MKCG Medical College Hospital, Berhampur 
50
4
Nursing Training Institute (N.T.I.), I.G.H., SAIL, Rourkela 
40
5
School of Nursing, N.S.C. Hospital, M.C.L., Talcher
10 + 10
6
SUM Nursing School, Bhubaneswar 
20
7
Lord Jagannath Mission’s School of Nursing, Bhubaneswar 
25
8
Kalinga Nursing School, Kalinga Hospital, Bhubaneswar 
20
9
School of Nursing KIIT, Bhubaneswar 
15
10
Sushree Institute of Technical Education, SON, Bolangir 
20
11
Sushila Devi School of Nursing, Nuapada
20
12
Manjari Devi School of Nursing, Bhubaneswar 
20
13
Hi-Tech School of Nursing, Bhubaneswar 
20
14
Neelachal School of Nursing, Bhubaneswar 
10
15
Mahavir School of Nursing, Cuttack 
20
16
VISWASS School of Nursing, Bhubaneswar
20
17
New Hope Society School of Nursing, Berhampur
20
 
TOTAL 
480

 


Pharmacy Colleges:

Government Colleges
Sl. No.
Name of the College 
Total Seats
1
Pharmacy Wing, SCB Medical College, Cuttack 
60
Private College 
Sl. No.
Name of the College 
Total Seats 
1
College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ballguall, Puri 
60
2
College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mohuda, Berhampur 
60
3
Gayatri College of Pharmacy, Jamadarapali, Sambalpur 
60
4
Herbal Cross Institute of Pharmacy, Mahanadi Barrage Road, Nimpur, Jagatpur, Cuttack 
40
5
Indira Gandhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bhubaneswar
60
6
Institute of Medical Technology, Gopalpur, Puri 
60
7
Institute of Pharmacy & Technology, Salipur, Cuttack 
60
8
Jeypore College of Pharmacy, Jeypore, Koraput 
60
9
Kanaka Manjari Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rourkela, Sundargarh 
60
10
Maa Mangala College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Karanjia, Mayurbhanj 
60
11
Mayurbhanj Medical Academy, Baripada, Mayurbhanj 
60
12
Maruti Pharmacy College, Kalimandir Chowk, Bargarh 
40
13
Orissa College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mahuli Pada, Dhenkanal 
60
14
Om Sai College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Gopalpur on Sea, Ganjam
60
15
Pranabandhu Institute of Paramedical Sciences & Technology, Angul 
60
16
Patitapabana Institute of Pharmaceutical Scineces % Tech. Gangapada, Bhubaneswar 
60
17
Roland Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Berhampur
60
18
Royal College of Pharmacy and Helath Sciences, Berhampur 
60
19
Seemanta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jharpokharia, Mayurbhanj 
60
20
Sidheswar College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Amarda Road, Balasore 
60
21
Sri Jayadev College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Naharkanta, Khurda 
60
22
Sivananda College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Near Engineering College Square, Panda Colony, Berhampur 
60
23
The College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tamando, Khurda 
60
24
The Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Tech., Padmapur, Bahugram, Cuttack 
60
25
The Pharmaceutical College, Barpali, Bargarh 
60
26
Gayatri Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gunpur, Rayagada 
40
27
Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Balasore 
60
28
Dadhichi College of Pharmacy, Vidya Vihar, Sundergram, Cuttack 
60
29
Hi-Tech College of Pharmacy, Pandara, Rasulgarh, Bhubaneswar 
40
30
Gajapati College of Pharmacy, Ranipendha, Paralakhemundi, Gajapati
40
31
Kalinga Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nuasahi, Balia, Balasore 
40
32
Balakrushna College of Pharmacy, Nuapada 
40
 
TOTAL 
1840

6 comments December 10th, 2009

Tata Group to join an NGO to jointly set up an Institute of Ayurveda Integrated Medicine near Bangalore

Following is an excerpt from a report in Expressbuzz.com.

Ayurvedic treatment, for instance, is now a Rs 8,000-crore industry, and growing at 20 per cent annually. And so you have Ramesh Vangal, former head of Pepsi India, having established an ayurveda firm, now merging it with Coimbatore Arya Vaidya Pharmacy to become the largest ayurveda company in India. Yash Birla has taken a majority stake in Kerala Vaidyashala, the therapy chain. Ayurvaid Hospitals, promoted by a Kochi-based group, got equity investment of Rs 4.5 crore last year from a US-based fund. And the Tata Group has now agreed with an NGO to jointly set up an Institute of Ayurveda Integrated Medicine near Bangalore, to offer formal graduate and postgraduate degrees, beside a 100-bed ayurveda and yoga hospital, plus research and drug production. The Tatas are putting in Rs 34 crore for the IIT-type institute. There are similar plans from the Mata Amrithanandamayee trust.

All this is excellent news, for the simple reason that when business gets into the picture, documentation and systems and reports have to be put in place. This has been the problem all along with what are loosely called alternative systems of medicine to standard allopathy. Each practitioner has his or her own way of doing things and you have to accept this on trust. And if something works, there is no publicly accessible system of how and why. One outcome has been the mutual scorn between allopathy and these other systems of treatment, with close to no attempt at reaching out to each other or researching if each can usefully learn from the other and so, improve itself. The public would benefit enormously if they could go to one place and get the combined benefit of different systems of knowledge working in tandem. You will never get this unless these processes are all systemised, subject to peer and public review, and are allowed to be replicated in a laboratory setting: this is the way knowledge progresses. If business and investors take a hand, this process should get a push. As, for instance, with the proposed Tata university.

4 comments November 16th, 2009

Dr. Sanjib Karmee’s well researched request to CM and Orissa HETF on Gandhamardan Hills

Following is a letter that Dr. Karmee has sent to many people. This is an excellent work. It is well researched and based on something unique to the location, the Gandhamardan Hills of Baragarh and Balangir. (Considering that many in Orissa may not be aware of Gandhamardan Hills being in Orissa and/or its medicinal values, I have a companion piece on it at http://www.orissalinks.com/orissagrowth/archives/2776.)

I hope others will also focus on unique aspects and attributes of other parts of orissa and write to the higher education task force (HETF) about it.


Respected Mr. Patnaik, CM of Odisha and Members of the Higher Education Task force,

I appreciate the formation of higher education task force by the state government.  Also, I am hopeful that such innovative steps will definitely sharpen the higher education of Odisha.

Sirs,

I would like to request the higher education task force to recommend the establishment of a “National Institute of Ayurveda” in Gandhamardan area in western Odisha. I am sure many of us are aware of the potential of Gandhamardan mountain and medicinal plants in it.

In this document, I am presenting the details about the “Gamdhamardan mountain as a reservoir of medicinal plants” with scientific references; thereby, making a case for the establishment of a National Institute of Ayurveda.

I am sure our respected CM, who is the author of the “Garden of Life: An introduction to the Healing Plants of India” will take this matter seriously. Also, I am hopeful that the higher education task force will take the necessary steps; so that, “the medicinal plants in Gamdhamardan mountain” will not get lost with time.

Please have a look on the following write-up for further details.

Thanking you with best regards,

Sanjib


1. “National Institute of Ayurveda” is a must in Gandhamardan area: Introduction and Analysis:

Gandhamardan mountain range is known world wide as a reservoir for medicinal plants. It is located in the western Odisha. More specifically, it is located in between Balangir and Bargarh district (Figure 1).

Figure 1 Map showing location of Gandgmardan mountain in between Balangir and Bargarh district

Many eminent scholars of life sciences have done a lot of research on the medicinal plants available in this mountain range. In fact, this hill range is legendary. It has found a place in folklore and mythology -of how Hanuman plucked Bisalyakarani, a medicinal plant, from this hill to save the life of Laxman in the battle of Lanka in “The Ramayana”. In addition, it is known to the whole world how this hill range was at the centre of one of the most prominent ecological movements, that is, the battle between environmentalists keen on protecting aryurvedic plants and the then state-owned Bharat Aluminium Corporation.

Apart from this, there are many scientific journals and books that are mentioning about the potential of medicinal plants available in Gandhamardan mountain (see the reference list)1-5. The state/central govt must establish a “National Institute of Ayurveda” in this place. Right now, both Balangir and Bargarh (Paikmal) each have one Ayurvedic College. Establishing a national level institute on Ayurvedic Medicine will help to a great extent to these colleges by carrying out research in emerging areas. Recently, research on ayurvedic medicine is attracting considerable attention in India and abroad.

It is important to note that, significant developments have boosted systematic research on different aspects of ayurveda and traditional medicine in India. They include the Golden Triangle project jointly managed by CSIR, ICMR and AYUSH; the New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI) of CSIR and various schemes of DST and DBT.

Additionally, ayurveda is also entering to the mainstream “Drug Discovery”. Following graph show the growing demand of research on Ayurvedic medicine.

In addition to this, a paper by “Reddy and Pattnaik” from the Forestry and Ecology Division, National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad 500 037, Andhra Pradesh, India points out many interesting facts about “Gandhamardan hill” 4.

It states that, after analyzing and studying the plant resources of Gandhamardan hill range a total of 912 vascular species belonging to 556 genera under 142 families were found. Herbs dominate the flora followed by trees, climbers and shrubs.

Therefore, proper conservation and management plans are needed to save the natural resources, especially medicinal plants, of this sacred hill range. Many botanists fear that this reserve of medicinal plants could be lost in the next few years if proper care is not taken and the indiscriminate collection and smuggling of herbs by local villagers is not stopped. The state forest department which is supposed to guard this botanical wealth is not able to do enough to stop all these developments because they lack of the knowledge and expertise about these plants. In fact, they have no clue which are useful medicinal plants and which are not.

In addition, in these places there is no organized way of farming of the medicinal plants. They just grow in the wild. Therefore, it is very difficult to guard these species. Taking the advantage of this situation any villages or smugglers can walk into the forest and collect the herbs. It is very important that the government should takes steps to grow these plants, harvest these properly, and finally do the marketing of these medicinal plants and herbs in a well organized manner. It should take care of the cultivation and preservation of these plants like it is doing for other forest products like sal seeds or kendu leaves etc.

However, intellectually this problem can be solved by establishment of a National Institute of Ayurveda. The above discussion/ description/ scientific observation strongly suggests the establishment of a National Institute of Ayurveda near Gandhamardan mountain.

2. Following are some of my points in support of establishing a National Institute of Ayurveda in Gandhamardan area:

* West is very much keen on establishing institute on ayurveda. One such successful institution is the National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine established by Dr. Scott Gerson, USA, (http://niam.com/corp-web/index.htm). This is an example of an institute that has carried out research into Ayurvedic practices to a great extent. In this context, we must use our native expertise. In addition, the National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, USA can be a collaborative partner for establishing an institute Gandhamardan area.

* This mountain is very important to all of us and to the world. We should use our natural medicinal resources very judiciously. It is also very surprising that no steps have been taken for the preservation of these high-valued plants. It is the right time to establish a National Institute of Ayurveda in this area.

* As we know this mountain range is a reserve for medicinal plants. Therefore, it will provide adequate environment for cutting edge research/studies in different areas of ayurvedic medicine per international standard.

* Establishment of a National Institute of Ayurveda will help for organized way of farming the medicinal plants; which just grow in the wild. This will also help in preserving different rare species of plants.

* This Institute will provide a boost to the ongoing research/academic activities by Ayurvedic College Balangir and Shri Nrusinghanath Ayurved College Paikmal, Bargarh on this area. Along this line, establishing a National Institute of Ayurveda will make this place a leader in this area of science in national/international level.

* This step will attract companies like Dabur, Ayur, and others to set-up labs/companies in this area.

* From the above discussion it is very clear that research fundings are already available from the leading agencies of India like CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), DST (Department of Science & Technology), and DBT (Department of Biotechnology). So, there will be no problem in setting up labs and developing infrastructure.

* There is a lot of synergistic research going on between Ayurvedic, Homeopathic and Allopathic branches of medicine. This is very clear from our day-to-day life as Allopathic doctors often prescribe medicines of Dabur, Neem, etc. Therefore, establishment of such an institute will further enhance the research between this National Institute of Ayurveda with other institutes viz. VSS Medical College, SCB Medical College etc. of the state.

3. The following steps need to be taken to establish a National Institute of Ayurveda in Gandhamardan

* It is important to look in to the web-site of these model Institutes viz. National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, USA (http://niam.com/corp-web/index.htm); Gujarat Ayurved University Jamnagar, Gujrat, India (www.ayurveduniversity.com); Rajasthan Ayurved University, Jodhpur Rajasthan (http://www.raujodhpur.org/aboutus.html); National Institute of Ayurved, Jaipur, Rajasthan (http://nia.nic.in/); Ayurvedic university, Hoshiarpur, Punjab; (http://www.financialexpress.com/news/punjab-clears-first-ayurvedic-university-in-hoshiarpur/517911/; This seems to be a new Institute).

* Immediately, the state govt. should present a proposal to the HRD Ministry for establishing National Institute of Ayurveda in Gandhmardan area.

* Along the line of the above institutes, the state govt. in collaboration with govt. of India must establish a National Institute of Ayurveda in Gandhamardan area.

References:

1. Netra Bhanu Pradhan, Gandhamardan – A treasure House of Medical Plants, Navaratna Journal, Jan-Feb, 2008, 41-44.

2. Ayurveda: scientific research and publications, Current Science, 2009, 97( 8), 1117-1122

3. C. Sudhakar Reddy and Chiranjibi Pattanaik, An Assessment of Floristic Diversity of Gandhamardan Hill range, Orissa, India. Bangladesh J. Plant Taxon. 16(1): 29-36, 2009

4. Following are some of the research papers taken from the reference list of the paper 3 (Papers only with the name Gandhamardan are taken)

Brahmam, M. and Saxena, H.O. 1990. Ethnobotany of Gandhamardan hills – Some noteworthy folk medicinal uses. Ethnobotany 2: 71-79.

Brahmam, M. and Saxena, H.O.1990. Phyto-chemical screening of the plants of Gandhamardan hills of Orissa (India) for tannins, saponins, flavonoids and alkaloids. Asian J. Plant Sci. 1: 71-79.

Misra, R.C. 2004. Therapeutic uses of some seeds among the tribals of Gandhamardan hill range, Orissa.Indian J. Traditional Knowledge 3: 105-115.

Misra, R.C. and Behera, G. 1998. Ecological status of Gandhamardan forests using remote sensing techniques. In: Biodiversity Conservation: Problems and Prospects. Proc. National Seminar on Biodiversity Conservation, Bhubaneswar, India, pp. 75-80.

Misra, R.C. and Das, P. 1998. Vegetation status of Nrusinghanath – Harishankar complex, Orissa. J. Econ.Taxon. Bot. 22: 547-554.

Mishra, R.C. and Das, P. 2003. Wild poisonous seeds: Some notable species from Gandhamardan Hill ranges of Orissa. J. Econ. Bot. 27: 513-518.

Misra, R.C. and Das, P. 2004. Vegetation stratification of Gandhamardan hill range, Orissa using remote sensing techniques. J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 28: 429-438.

Mishra, R.C., Panda, P.C. and Das, P. 1994. Lesser known medicinal uses of plants among the tribals of Gandhamardan hill ranges, Orissa. In: Gupta, B.K. (ed.), Higher Plants of Indian Subcontinent, Vol. III, Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh Publications, Dehra Dun, India, pp. 135-142.

Mishra, R.C., Panda, P.C. and Das, P. 2001. A taxonomic study of the ferns and fern allies of Gandhamardan hills, Orissa. J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 25: 577-590.

Panigrahi, G. 1963. Gandhamardan Parbat, Orissa – A potential source of important indigenous drugs. Bull. Reg. Res. Lab. 1: 111-116.

Pattanaik, C. and Reddy, C.S. 2007. Medicinal plant resources of Gandhamardan hill range, Orissa: An urgent need for conservation. Natl. Acad. Sci. Lett. 30: 35-38.

Raju, D.C.S. 1960. Vegetation pattern of Gandhamardan hills. Bull. Int. Soc. Trop. Ecol. 1: 21-22.

Saxena, H.O. and Brahmam, M. 1995. Vascular flora of Gandhamardan hills. J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 19: 113-132.

5. NOTE: This is not the complete list of references. Because of time limitation I have collected as much as I can.

10 comments November 4th, 2009

National Research Institute of Ayurveda Drug Development (NRIADD) to establish its complex in Bhubaneswar

Following is an excerpt from a news report in New Indian Express.

The National Research Institute of Ayurveda Drug Development (NRIADD) would establish its own complex over three acres of land in the city.

… The institute was earlier functioning as the Central Research Institute (Ayurveda). Das, speaking on the occasion, stressed the importance of standardisation of medical research. She said that ayurvedic research should be upgraded by application of latest knowledge and should be linked to modern medical sciences for advancement.

On the goals of the institute, she said, it should develop into a centre of excellence in ayurveda where integrated team approach by the staff is important.

3 comments March 27th, 2008

Private Medical Colleges in the State

The New Indian Express reported that the Minister of State for Health is considering following proposals.

(1) The proposal to set up a Health University is under the active consideration of the State Government. All the medical colleges in the State would be brought under the university for better management."

(2) In Khordha District: The proposal to upgrade the Capital Hospital into a medical college is also under the consideration of the Government.

(3) Appointment of homeopathic and ayurvedic doctors in place of MBBS doctors in vacant posts. More posts of homeopathic and ayurvedic doctors would be created keeping public welfare in mind.

(4) State Government has issued NOCs for establishment of three medical colleges in the private sector.

(i) In Koraput District: Nabadiganta Educational Trust will set up a hospital at Sunabeda. (Note: There was a report in Sambad earlier that one medical college is being established in Koraput district)

(ii) In Kalahandi District: Selvam Educational and Charitable Trust of Tamil Nadu will establish a college at Jaring in Kalahandi district.

(iii) In Balasore District: Shri Jagannath Educational and Health Trust will establish the third college at Balasore.

(iv) In Balangir District: Balaji Educational and Charitable Trust (BECT), Pudducherry, has signed an MoU with the WODC for establishment of a medical college at Balangir. The organisation has been given 25 acres free of cost. Construction of the college will start after BECT signed the lease agreement with the collector.

NOTE: Other private medical colleges in the state that have already received approval or are on drawing boards are:

(1) In Khordha District: Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital (approval received for MBBS course from 2007-08)

(2) In Khordha District: Kalinga Institute of Medical Science (approval received for MBBS course from 2007-08)

(3) In Cuttack District: Earlier the Oriya daily "The Samaja Group (Lok Sevak Mandal)" has shown interest to establish a medical college cum hospital in Cuttack district.

(4) In Sundergarh District: A private medical college is also proposed by WODC in Rourkela.

See http://www.baral.us/orissa/pdf/2005-nov25-statesman.pdf for an older list.

3 comments June 9th, 2007

Institutions with Nontraditional programs – a dated list

Following is a list of institutions with non-traditional programs that I compiled earlier. They are categorized as follows: Arts and Crafts, Design, Teachers training, Diploma in Engineering, ITIs, Film and TV, Homeopathy and Ayurveda, Hotel management, Journalism, Law, Library Science, Performance arts, Physical Education, Sanskrit and Social work.

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