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Ayurveda could be included in armed forces medical system

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KOCHI, April 3

THE Union Government would consider including Ayurveda in the medical treatment system of the defence forces if projects were submitted after conducting scientific studies and evaluation of the traditional system of medicine, according to Mr O. Rajagopal, Union Minister of State for Defence.

Inaugurating the seminar on `Ayurveda in the defence sector,' organised jointly by the Swadeshi Science Congress (SSC) and the World Ayurveda Congress here, Mr Rajagopal said that there were limitations at present to accept the Ayurveda treatment system in its present form as practised. It requires some more reforms and modernisation. There should have to be studies as to how it could be adopted in the existing system of the armed forces medical service. Therefore, advanced research is inevitable, he pointed out.

According to the Minister, the country is still following the British system in the defence sector and hence it is not easy to bring in sudden changes. However, it is good that the Swadeshi Congress has taken the initiative and that sends out a positive signal. It would pave the way for a change in the thinking process, he said.

He advised the SSC to set up an expert committee to go deep into the traditional system of medicine and conduct research and studies so as to make it an alternative to the modern system of medicine.

Along with the report of this committee, projects could be submitted to the Union Ministries of Defence and Health, he said. When Ayurveda gets the recognition Kerala will also stand benefited, he said.

The experts who participated at the seminar were of the opinion that this system of treatment could gainfully be implemented in the hospitals of the defence forces.

Dr V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Director, NAAC, Bangalore under the University Grants Commission, presided over the function.

Those spoke on the occasion included Vice-Admiral Madanjit Singh, FoC-in-C, Southern Naval Command, Kerala State Ayurvedic Medical Education Director, Dr K. Sankaran, Medical Superintendent of the Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, Dr P.M. Warier, Managing Director, Kerala Ayurveda Pharmacy Ltd, Dr K. Anil Kumar, and Dr C. Ratnakaran, Principal, Government Ayurveda Medical College, Tripunithura.

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