Ludhiana, February 8
Committed to fortifying the world’s ancient medicinal system of ayurveda, the Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth, an autonomous body under the department of Ayush, Government of India, has selected 92 ayurvedacharyas from India to impart conventional training to graduate and postgraduate students of ayurveda under the Guru-Shishya Parampara for 2010.
The students will be selected on merit through interviews, which started on January 25 and will go on till February 24 in various parts of the country.
The students, after completion of one-year training under their gurus, will be awarded Certificate of Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (CRAV).
Informal education has been the forte in ayurveda from times immemorial, as is evident from the classical texts of ayurveda, Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hridaya, which are believed to be the outcome of this system.
With an aim to give impetus to learning under Guru Shishya parampara, the RAV is making efforts to revive the traditional method of Gurukula system of informal education of India for the ayurvedic graduates and postgraduates after the completion of their formal education.
A monthly stipend of Rs 1,520 along with DA for “shishyas” and monthly salary equivalent to that of a university professor for the “gurus” takes care of their monetary matters for the scheduled term of one-year course.
Vaidya Jagjit Singh, elected member to the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) from Punjab, opined: “Ayurveda was going into the hands of quacks but the government in order to preserve the tried and tested medicinal formulae and treatments, which are best known to vaidyas through their inheritance, has made an excellent move to strengthen ayurveda. Ayurvedacharyas who are dedicated to the system of ayurveda have been empanelled to impart knowledge under the Guru-Shishya parampara,” Singh added.
Noted ayurveda physician of Punjab Dr R Vatsyayan from Ludhiana and Dr Suresh Chauhan from Amritsar are the two vaidyas from Punjab who have been selected by the RAV for 2010.
Each vaidya will get two students, who will stay with the vaidyas at their residence for one year and get first-hand knowledge.
Lauding the government’s efforts to streamline and spread the ancient and traditional wisdom of ayurveda, Dr Vatsyayan said: “In ancient times, vaidyas used to be very secretive and thus a valuable knowledge was lost to time. But the guru-shishya tradition will give the graduate and postgraduate doctors of ayurveda a chance to amalgamate their academic skills with the traditional curative skill of the system from senior physicians to the best use of mankind,” Dr Vatsyayan observed.