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Kochi, Aug. 3

THE Ollur-based ayurvedic treatment centre Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala is organising a three-day global summit on ayurveda in Thrissur from December 9 to 11.

Ashtavaidyan E.T. Neelakandhan Moos, Partner, Vaidyaratnam group, said that the global summit was designed to shed light on the ancient Indian science of healing and would focus on how this system of medicine had tried to evolve a synthesis between tradition and innovation in the present times.

The event includes seminar on important aspects of ayurveda and exhibitions of ayurvedic products and services.

Mr Moos said the Centre had chalked out a major expansion programme at an investment of Rs 15 crore in the next three years. It includes a most modern plant for production of classical products, expanding the capacity and amenities in the nursing home, medicinal plant cultivation project with the assistance of Medicinal Plant Board, Panchakarma training for doctors and widening the distribution network of the company.

The company's share in the total turnover of Rs 200 crore in the organised sector is at present Rs 25 crore, which, he said, would be enhanced to Rs 50 crore in three years. With a 15-branch network and 450 dealers in the State, the group is in the process of opening a branch in Kolkata soon. It has branches in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai.

Dr R. Vjaya Kumar Varma, Principal, Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College, said the college had got accreditation from the University of Calicut for research studies in ayurveda. This is the first ayurvedic educational institution in Kerala to receive such certification, he added.

Research activities are in full swing to find out effective treatment for asthma, Hepatitis B and back pain. Projects on conversion of traditional classical products into user-friendly packing and standardisation and development work on patent products to meet globalisation are in progress, Dr Varma added.

MoU with Korean varsity

KOCHI: Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala has signed an MoU with Masan University, South Korea, to explore the scope of ayurveda in that country for both product service and health services.

The scope of the MoU also includes know-how and expertise of ayurveda, export of medicines, training of manpower and knowledge exchange programme.

As per the MoU, faculty from Vaidyaratnam will go to Korea to conduct short-term courses in ayurvedic treatment.

A Korean delegation from Seoul led by Ms Eum Sang Eer, Ms Kim Eae Kam and Ms Moon Gab Sun is currently on a visit to the hospital at Thaikkattussery in Ollur. They will attend a seven-day foundation-training programme in ayurvedic treatment.

The members of the Korean delegation told reporters that awareness on ayurveda has increased considerably in Korea, particularly on lifestyle diseases and biotechnology.

Though Koreans practise the Han Yaak system of medicines, several beauty care centres with ayurvedic treatment are very popular there. About 30 centres provide various ayurvedic therapies across South Korea.

Masan University has started teaching ayurveda and the university may later make it part of its curriculum, the Korean members said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 4, 2005)
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