India’s AYUSH Ministry collaborates with Western Sydney University in Australia
New Academic Chair in Ayurvedic Medicine established
Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute (NICM HRI) is Australia’s leader in integrative and complementary medicine research and policy. In September of 2021 Western Sydney University became the first Australian university to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Government’s Ministry of AYUSH to appoint an Academic Chair in Ayurvedic Medicine.
The academic chair’s research focus will include Ayurvedic herbal medicine, Yoga and meditation. The chair will also lead in the teaching, research, and policy development related to Ayurveda – including the integration of scientifically validated Ayurveda medicine into conventional healthcare.
The virtual signing ceremony included AYUSH officials Professor Tanuja Nesari, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda, Ministry of AYUSH, and Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary from the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.
Professor Nesari said, ‘We are delighted to progress further our partnership with Western Sydney University and our collaborative research endeavours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said earlier this year at the Global Ayurveda Festival 2021, that “Ayurveda could rightly be identified as a holistic human science. The effect and power of Ayurveda and conventional medicine are tremendous, from the plants to your plate, from physical strength to mental wellbeing.” Through such international research initiatives, we aim to demonstrate how,’ Professor Nesari concluded.
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