The Himalaya Drug Company has now embarked on an initiative to recognize academic excellence of students in Ayurveda medical colleges across the country through AyurWhiz, a pan-India competition. Dr.SandyaLakshim and Dr.Nandeesh from SDM College Ayurveda, Udupi, who represented Team South adjudged the winners of the final competition.
The final round of the event AMC (Ayurvedic Medical College) Connect shortlisted 8 students. The 300 Ayurveda medical colleges represented 22 states and four different zones. The final 8 students were chosen post multiple elimination rounds.
The aims of the event was to give young and bright minds of Ayurveda a national platform, to meet and interact with students of other colleges, exchange views, discuss the future of this science and of course compete in AyurWhiz, a national quiz competition.
The competition attracted over 6,000 students through a rigorous screening process in the preliminary rounds which included over 130 preliminary contests in all the colleges, 14 cluster contests for Karnataka & Maharashtra states, 22 state level finals and four zonal finals.
The four teams, who made it to the finals, were: State Ayurveda College, Lucknow UP representing North zone, Government Ayurveda College, Guwahati Assam representing East zone, SDM College of Ayurveda, Udupi representing South zone and Government Ashtang Ayurveda College, Indore representing West zone.
This unique initiative under AMC Connect was conceptualised and launched by Philipe Haydon – CEO, The Himalaya Drug Company in 2009. The national quiz was moderated by Dr.Srikanth, national manager – scientific services, pharmaceutical, The Himalaya Drug Company.
“Ayurveda’s time has finally come. Today, it is widely recognised that Ayurveda is vital to a holistic, integrated and patient-centric model of healthcare. The rise of lifestyle diseases has brought the science of Ayurveda, quite literally, ‘the science of life’, into the mainstream, because it offers efficacious solutions for relief in and management of chronic conditions. To ensure that India becomes the hub of innovative and contemporary Ayurveda, we need to encourage, engage and elevate young students who are pursuing the study of this wonderful science. This is why an initiative like AyurrWhiz is important”, said The Himalaya Drug Company chief.
Dr.Rangesh, chief scientific officer, The Himalaya Drug Company, emphasized the need for a trans-disciplinary approach to Ayurveda, which propagates collaboration between different scientific disciplines and streams of medicine to arrive at a common solution, one that is safe and most effective for the patient.