The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the 7th World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo, on 1st December 2016. Speaking on the occasion, Naik said, this event and seminars which brings together worldwide experts, patrons, practitioners and enthusiasts of Ayurveda and traditional medicines provides an appropriate stage for discussing the strengths and weaknesses and also promoting ayurveda at national and international levels.
“AYUSH is set to meet healthcare needs throughout the world”, said the Minister. He further stated, “Government of India is committed to the promotion of ayurveda and other forms of traditional medicines and have formed policies for that purpose. The Government wants to provide accessible, affordable and safe healthcare facilities to the people,” said Naik. AYUSH treatment facilities have, therefore, been provided at all levels of healthcare, right from primary health centre to super-specialty hospitals like AIIMS, the Minister further added.
On eve of the event, India signed two important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) through the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Chennai, under the Union Ministry of AYUSH with universities in Argentina and Israel in the presence of Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH on Wednesday November 30, 2016. These MoUs will pave the way for introducing study of Ayurveda in those countries. The Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Ajit M Sharan, Joint Secretary Shri Anil Kumar Ganeriwala, National President of Vijnana Bharati Dr Vijay P. Bhatkar, CEO of National Medicinal Plants Board Smt Shomita Biswas, Provincial Minister of Sri Lanka Shri Bandula Yalegama and Senator from Italy Dr. Maurizio Romani were also present among the dignitaries today.
This mega event is being organized by the World Ayurveda Foundation with support of Ministry of AYUSH, and the State Government of West Bengal. To facilitate development and growth of AYUSH system of medicine, the Ministry of AYUSH is also organizing AROGYA Expo from 1st-4th December, 2016 at Science City, Kolkata to coincide with the 7th World Ayurveda Congress. This year’s World Ayurveda Congress is the largest ever as compared to the earlier World Ayurveda Congress at Kochi 2002, Pune 2006, Jaipur 2008, Bengaluru 2010, Bhopal 2012 and Delhi 2014. Over 3500 delegates, including over 350 international delegates from 24 countries representing the Global Ayurveda fraternity are expected to participate. Other participants would be Students, Ayurvedic practitioners, traditional healers, academics, research scientists, policy makers, industry, cultivators and collectors of medicinal plants, agricultural and forestry experts, buyers from overseas, regulators from developed nations and members of society in and around Kolkata interested in Ayurveda.
More than 1893 scientific papers of international caliber are being considered for presentation in over 30 multi-track scientific sessions. Pre Congress workshops have already been conducted on Scientific Writing, Panchakarma, Ksharkarma, Afforestation of Medicinal Plants, Mental Health and other matters concerning Ayurveda. For the Ayurvedic industry the B2B meet, Conclave on Ethno Seminar and Scientific Lectures would be the added attractions.