Globalizing Ayurveda: Step in the Right Direction

The Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had urged in concluding session of the 6th World Ayurveda Congress held in New Delhi in November, 2014, that Ayurveda does not need to fight with Allopathy, which would be counter productive in the long term; however, we need to recognize that it is not just a curative system, it is a way of life, Mr. Modi had said. “But all knowledge becomes outdated if we make it too complex or rigid. We have a heritage, but we need to see it from the modern perspective. If change is called for, it must be made.”

This year the very thought process will continue in 7th World Ayurveda Congress & Arogya Expo being organized by World Ayurveda Foundation in Kolkata from 1-4 December 2016. World Ayurveda Foundation (WAF), founded in 2011 is an initiative by Vijnana Bharati aimed at global propagation of Ayurveda. WAF is a platform that would take Ayurveda to the world for all the benefits mankind can draw from traditional health sciences.

The impact of WAF encompasses the areas of policy, action, public health, trade, practice, science and, above all, global outreach for the benefit of society and mankind.

WAC has set itself the following goals for the future:

  • To facilitate acceptance and recognition for Ayurveda as a complete health system adoptable in all countries across the world
  • To create appropriate platforms for ‘scientific backing’ of Ayurveda along with suitable infrastructure to popularize the outcomes
  • To make Ayurveda an integral part of healthcare management

Following specific key achievables identified are as follows:

  • To create interest groups in 30 countries including those in the European Union, Association of South-East Asian Nations, the United Arab Emirates and North America
  • To formulate international peer-review panels in basic and medical sciences for credible guidance and validation of research
  • To initiate the creation of a network of medical institutions, laboratories, and universities across the world for aiding joint research and creating a database of management efficacy of Ayurveda.

The objectives of WAF reflect global scope. Propagation and encouragement of all activities scientific and Ayurveda-related – are the core principles. Support to research, health-care programmes through camps, clinics and sanatoriums, documentation, organization of study groups, seminars, exhibitions and knowledge initiatives to popularize Ayurveda in the far corners of the world are the broad latitudes of focus at WAF. Ayurveda as a sector requires the kind of stewardship and voice that genuinely bring out the ethos of Ayurveda in matters that govern policy and planning with State and Central government administration in India and the world over. WAF is positioned to provide this much-needed leadership with its wide participation of various stakeholder groups.

The 7th World Ayurveda Congress and AROGYA Expo, opens yet another window to a healthier future. The previous editions of WAC, held at Cochin,Pune, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Bhopal and Delhi, had witnessed a highly welcoming response. The highest number of delegates, numbering more than 4200 attended the WAC at Bengaluru. The largest number of visitors who participated in the AROGYA Expo was at Pune where more than 500,000 individuals took advantage of the Forum. The highest number of foreign delegates numbering 264 attended the Bengaluru Congress.

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