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Fifth World Ayurveda Conference begins on Dec 7

Posted on Nov 22, 08:40PM | UNI

The Fifth World Ayurveda Conference -- a four-day affair -- commences on December 7 in this City of Lakes and is expected to witness participation by about 3,500 representatives from 36 countries.

"Approximately 750 research papers will be published," Madhya Pradesh Medical Education and Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Minister Mahendra Hardia told media here today.

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh -- who is himself an Ayurveda physician -- and former Union minister Murli Manohar Joshi will inaugurate the event. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has signed 3,500 invitations.

Proposals passed at the four earlier conferences proved useful in drafting of the Centre's AYUSH policy. After those events, the AYUSH budgets of Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Karnataka witnessed a noteworthy increase. The Railways and Coal ministries established Ayurveda hospitals.

An expo and exhibition -- for promoting Ayurveda products -- will be part of the Conference. Eminent specialists will offer free consultation and medicine to those suffering from cancer, diabetes, kidney ailments, skin diseases, arthritis, obesity, asthma and stones besides women and child-related ailments.

"The state AYUSH Department has a budget of Rs 100 crore and it will be enhanced in the next fiscal. Ayurveda treatment is being provided in 34 district hospitals and the same will be initiated in the 16 remaining hospitals in three to four months," Mr Hardia stated.

Establishment of an Ayurveda university -- on the lines of the ones in Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat -- is under the state regime's consideration.

A proposal has been sent to the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission to induct 750 doctors in AYUSH hospitals and 200 Ayurveda physicians in rural primary health centres.