Western Sydney University Appoints An Academic Chair in Ayurvedic Medicine

 Western Sydney University Appoints An Academic Chair in Ayurvedic Medicine

Western Sydney University has finalised a plan to appoint an Academic Chair in Ayurvedic Medicine. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed by both the Western Sydney University and the Government of India Ministry of AYUSH.

The AYUSH Academic Chair will be in charge of the campaign supporting Ayurvedic Medicine and oversee Ayurvedic Medicine research in the country.

With this agreement and the signed Memorandum of Understanding, the Ministry of AYUSH can review the scholars’ program to increase the current AYUSH Academic Chairs in universities worldwide and further strengthen the ties between the two research associations.

Western Sydney University claimed that the partnership aims to build confidence in evidence-oriented Ayurvedic medicine while bringing together inventions such as meditation, yoga and herbal medicine.

It was gathered that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for appointing the Academic Chair was endorsed by different dignitaries and groups in a virtual meeting. Professor Barney Glover AO, the Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and President, Tanuja Nesari, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda, and Ministry of AYUSH Professor attended the virtual meeting.

Professor Nesari expressed happiness towards the progress achieved through the partnership with Western Sydney University.

At the Global Ayurveda Festival held early in the year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that Ayurveda should be considered a holistic human science.

The power and consequence of conservative medicine and Ayurveda are quite enormous, encompassing physical and mental benefits. Moreover, according to Professor Nesari, the collaboration will promote international research.

The seat of the appointed Academic Chair will be at the NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, in the Westmead campus. The tenure will be for three years.

The Western Sydney University and the Ministry of AYUSH jointly funded and appointed the Academic Chair, and the tenure of the designated chair is expected to start in early 2022.

Professor Glover opined that the new Academic Chair would have a tremendous impact and effect on the scientific evaluation and the internationalisation of Ayurvedic medicine.

Professor Glover also stated that the AYUSH Academic Chair would offer guidance and leadership in the strict regulatory framework of Australia to develop and design different tactics needed to enhance the integration of evidence-oriented Ayurveda medicine into conservative healthcare.

Additionally, the collaboration will strengthen the university’s reputation as the leader in complementary and integrative medicine in Australia. This makes it a significant step towards the development of a new research stream for the NICM Health Research Institute.

The stakeholders and the entire Indian diaspora of Australia are looking forward to this collaboration and its impact on the practice of Ayurvedic medicine.

Indrasish Banerjee

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