HEALTH & FITNESS
Kalam was passionate about Ayurveda: NGO
Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was passionate about the ancient Indian medicine system of Ayurveda and was keen to modernise it on a global scale, the chief of an international NGO said here on Tuesday.
Praful Patel, a leading light of the International Ayurveda Foundation (IAF) in India, Britain and Switzerland learnt of Kalam's love for Ayurveda when he met him in Rashtrapati Bhavan in November, 2005.
"We discussed the many challenges facing Ayurveda in India and abroad and sought his advice. He stressed the need to set up an Ayurveda Research and Development Centre, both herbal and non-herbal products," Patel said.
Kalam desired it to be a joint effort of the Ayurvedic community and the Indian government; the centre should provide fool-proof testing and certification of Ayurvedic and other traditional medicinal products about their quality, safety, stability and efficacy.
"Such a multi-disciplinary lab would have qualified and experienced technical staff to operate sophisticated instrumentation, techniques for pharmacognostic, pharmacological, chemical and pharmaceutical standardization, the results of which would be internationally acceptable," Patel said.
The IAF has now developed a project for an Ayurveda Research and Development centre which would be on the lines of western medicines, he added.
Kalam was also keen to increase the production of medicinal plants of which the world produced $68 billion worth, with the Indian share barely half a billion dollars, and China standing far ahead of this country.
"Kalam stressed that India has vast land in southern parts....the eastern states and in Himalayas which could be encouraged for the mass-scale growth of medicinal plants," Patel recalled.
The then president said that if any large company made such an investment anywhere in India, they could encourage the local farming community to join their venture, purchase the medicinal plants directly from them -- something on the lines of the Amul Dairy experiment in Gujarat.
The International Ayurveda Foundation has already prepared a project report on the R&D centre and is hoping to get a syndicate which can achieve both the dream projects of Kalam, he said.
Kalam had penned a book, "Transcendence" on spiritual leader Shri Pramukh Swami Maharaj -- probably his final work -- which was launched in their presence in Gujarat recently (on June 20).
Kalam died of cardiac arrest on Monday, aged 83, while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong.
- Bacteria in placenta responsible for preterm births: Study 20 May 2018 | IANS
- College students in India check smartphones over 150 times a day: Study 20 May 2018 | PTI
- Smoking pot before 15 may up drug problem risk later 20 May 2018 | IANS
- This protein can treat triple-negative breast cancer 20 May 2018 | IANS
- This natural antioxidant can cut heart disease risk 19 May 2018 | IANS
- BRICS to include 'Green Good Deeds' movement in next ministerials 19 May 2018 | PTI
- Simple scan may have identical outcomes as advanced imaging 19 May 2018 | IANS
- Cooling treatment may help treat brain injuries and stroke 19 May 2018 | IANS
- Exercise may beat genetic predisposition to obesity in elderly women 18 May 2018 | IANS
- Decoded: How chikungunya virus causes arthritis pain 18 May 2018 | IANS
Sunday EditionView All
20 May 2018 | PNS
New Delhi: “Now, let us enjoy our holidays,” this is how the Supreme Court concluded the hearing on the Karnataka power row on Saturday. The courtroom burst into a bout of laughter as Justice AK Sikri, who headed the three-judge Bench, made the jovial remark ...
STATE EDITIONSView All
21 May 2018 | PNS | Ranchi
With State’s biggest Urban Local Body (ULB) gearing up to conduct vendors’ committee election in June second week for formation of first Town Vending Committee, the members of Ranchi Footpath Hawkers Association covering quite a number of street vendors appear reluctant to take part in the upcoming election. Notably, as per the rule, allocation of shops to street vendors at the vendors market is done on the recommendation of the...