12 Feb 2021|Noida | Amity University, Noida ( Online )

Valedictory of ‘Traditional Medicine- Modern Approaches for Affordable and Accessible Healthcare’

 The virtual training programme on ‘Traditional Medicine- Modern Approaches for Affordable and Accessible Healthcare’ culminated at Amity University. Sponsored by Department of Science & Technology (DST), the third edition of the programme was organized by Amity Institute of Public health & Amity Institute of Training & Development.  


The final day of the training saw thoughts being exchanged on examining traditional Indian health systems and exploring their methodologies and practice; considering how policy and practice link together to support health systems and their sustainability; comparing and contrasting traditional & modern health care systems and understanding “medical pluralism” that integrates various health care programs and delivery systems. Experts also opined how traditional system of medicines need to be recognized globally, strengthened & to be put into the scientific pedestal.  


Dr. Ashok. K. Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Education Group congratulated the participants of the training session. He averred that valedictory sessions of events lead to the creation of a roadmap. He called for working towards integrating AYUSH systems with modern medication across the globe with the help of all the participants & partners. Dr. Chauhan also shared insight on the need for creating a hospital to treat mental health issues.  


Chief Guest for the day Dr H R Nagendra, President Chancellor, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru stated that the workshop has brought together people from all AYUSH systems. He averred that allopathy was able to deal with infectious diseases in the last century. However, the rise of infections and modern-day ailments having origin in the mind & the NCD’s being multi-dimensional. Allopathy is one-dimensional in treatment and this has given rise to the need for having multi-directional approach to treatment. He stressed that AYUSH is grounded on total knowledge base of the creation offering multi-dimensional treatment. He called for changing the mindset of people to recognize the benefits of traditional medicine systems & promoting the growth of integrative medicine practices.  


Dr. Nitin Batra, Advisor, Amity Institute of Training and Development (AITD) welcomed the dignitaries and averred that AYUSH is an outreach and is integrated in the society & culture. He congratulated the participants of the training programme to be 4,000 years ahead of the field of management.   

Dr Ajit K Nagpal, Chairman, Board of Governors, Ritnand Balved Medical Foundation shared that the subject of the training program has global relevance. He averred that AYUSH formats can be brought to a scientific level and be integrated with modern medicine with the rise in super specialty hospitals.  

Dr W. Selvamurthy, President ASTIF, Amity University, Noida stated that the whole country is looking at such initiatives and how India has been able to control the spread of Covid-19 despite such huge population. He added that AYUSH has played a significant role in curtailing this spread & how the country can take the leadership role to show the world effectiveness of this medicine system.  

Dr. Arinadam Bhattacharya, participant from DST, talked how the training programme was an eye opener for him and made him learn extensively about the AYUSH system of medicine. He stated that the grand alliance of all these areas and moving in unison is the need of the hour.  

Participating Zoologist Dr. Kenjum Bagra shared his experience of the training program and how it has helped him evolve his knowledge about traditional medicine systems. He also talked about the work being done by North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine, Arunachal Pradesh. Other participants also called for a balance between traditional & modern system of medicine.  

The five-day training programme saw experts exchange deep insights and knowledge about the various disciplines of the traditional Indian Systems of Medicine (AYUSH), namely Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy & the way ahead for promoting these sciences. 31 nodal officers from various Government of India Institutions/Universities attended the various sessions during the week.  


Also present on the occasion were Prof. (Dr.) BC Das, Dean, Faculty of Health & Allied Sciences, Amity University, Noida; Dr. Rajiv Janardhanan, Director, Amity Institute of Public Health and hundreds of students, staff and faculty members.