Hon’ble Lt. Governor Shri. Anil Baijal inaugurated a three day International Conference on “Challenges for global competitiveness of AAYUSH and natural products” and IASTAM Oration and Award function 2018 at Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University (DPSRU) organized jointly in collaboration of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicines (IASTAM) and Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University.
IASTAM is the world’s foremost community of scholars and practitioners devoted to understanding the history and contemporary practice of Asian medicines in their various forms. IASTAM is only organization working for Asian medicine for development of AYUSH since 38 years. While delivering the inaugural address Hon’ble Lt. Governor Shri. Anil Baijal emphasized on the role of herbal products as traditional medicines, global market of herbal products and potential of Asian medicine in economic development of country. Traditional medicines are used worldwide for treatment of various ailments and has played a vital role in global health care. During delivering his talk he also mentioned that our country should establish the sustainable market for herbal product. He emphasized the knowledge of the traditional medicine should be protected with Intellectual property right. He advised for the collaboration of the universities with the “Biodiversity Park” for the exploring the further research and innovation in natural heritage.
He also mentioned that Indian system of medicine has unique distinction of having six recognized systems which are Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Yoga, Naturopathy and Homeopathy which provides a platform to take initiative to bring together the Asian medicine to develop a roadmap for mutual benefits and complementary outcomes. Asian medicine has potential to contribute to the delivery of health and medical services in the world over.
He also made a point that it is necessary to encourage engagement of the University in terms of research with Asian medicines as “living traditions” and to promote its relevance to the contemporary world. It is essential to develop ‘Centre of Excellence for AYUSH integrating different disciplines of pharmaceutical sciences with traditional systems of medicine leading to globally acceptable safe, affordable and quality products for the benefit of the people.
Dr. Narendra Bhatt, President, IASTAM in his address highlighted the activities of IASTAM and the role played by the organization in research and development of the herbal medicinal system. He also felicitated and honoured awardees by IASTAM Oration Awards, IASTAM-BVU Awards and IASTAM Baidyanath Awards for their excellent work in the field of traditional Asian medicinal system.
Dr. R.K. Goyal, Vice Chancellor, DPSRU mentioned the conference is being attended by over 550 delegates and 250 abstracts were received for oral as well as for poster presentations. The objective of the conference was to overcome boundaries, whether they are geographical or subject disciplines, ancient versus modern science or unspoken assumptions and to deliberate on challenges faced in India for the promotion of traditional medicine practice.
A special session of conference was deliberated on the formation of syllabus in Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathic pharmacy to raise the standards of the products from traditional medicines, and participants from various units of AYUSH and Ayurvedic colleges along with Faculty of Pharmacy colleges participated in the conference.
Prof. V.M. Katoch, Secretary, Former Director General, ICMR also enlightened gathering about the role of herbal medicine in human health care system and recent innovations and trends in herbal product development. He also focused on standardization of treatment methods along with importance of role pf quality assurance, pharmacogenomics in integrated medicine.
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