Government of India few days back launched a Scholarship named AYUSH through Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) which basically offers scholarships to foreign nationals to pursue various Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) courses in India.  Acceptance of AYUSH at international level has resulted in growing demand from foreign students to study in Indian Institutions. The Ministry of AYUSH under its ‘International Fellowship Programme’ extends financial support to the eligible foreign nationals for undertaking AYUSH degree courses in premier Institutes in India.

Now the question arises that why Ayurveda is so important and specially after covid -19?

After covid-19 learning medicinal values of Ayurveda has become a need  as Ayurveda helps in building a strong immunity power , moreover Ayurveda emphasizes good health and prevention and treatment of illness through lifestyle practices (such as massage, meditation, yoga, and dietary changes) and the use of herbal remedies. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. But treatments may be geared toward specific health problems.

In these recent times we have seen people drinking herbal and ayurvedic drink to improve immunity and doing yoga as it benefits in wellness not only physically but mentally , students should join this scholarship program as it benefits them to learn more about ayurvedic healing properties.

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Now here arises one more question that is why should one study Ayurveda and why India?

One should study Ayurveda as the primary benefits of learning Ayurveda are personal, professional, family, and community. The Ayurvedic study, like any Vedic subject, appears challenging at first. Essentially, you are learning a new language—the language of genuine nature, the nature of the body, and the nature of the mind as a natural living entity. Ayurvedic studies unearth profound experiences about yourself, others, and human life across time.

Why study Ayurveda in India?

India is a renowned destination for Ayurvedic studies. Government-recognized institutions assist applicants in obtaining recognized certification in this industry. Ayurvedic programs in India integrate the intellectual, practical, and spiritual aspects of Ayurveda that help you become competent in assisting others and educating them on the essence and worth of nature and its application in daily life. Pursuing an Ayurveda degree would help applicants comprehend and apply therapeutic procedures. The excellent training available at India’s leading Ayurveda college’s aids in the development of talents in this sector. Learning in Indian Ayurveda colleges allows candidates to receive supervision and instruction from a qualified practitioner, as opposed to studying at home. Study Ayurveda in India to learn about traditional massages. Students in the course learn about massages through understanding the anatomy of the body, physiology, cause-effect relationships, and creating massaging strategies through practice. Training in live projects improves comprehension of Ayurvedic remedies and their use in illness treatment. If you wish to learn Ayurvedic healing traditions, enroll in a school in India right now.

Giving details on the number of AYUSH colleges in the country at present the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently informed that there are total 733 AYUSH based educational institutes in India.

Moreover, a career in complementary and traditional systems of medicines is much in demand today. All across the country, many prestigious colleges of medicine and Ayurveda are run by the Ministry of Ayush and by the State governments or self-financed institutions. These impart recognized and formalized educational courses, training, and teaching in various courses of Ayurveda. There is also a dedicated autonomous research organization running a Postgraduate course.

Career Prospects:

Since Vedic times, Ayurveda has been used, and it is based on the curative properties of herbs. The field has gained significant importance with the recognition of Ayurveda by the AYUSH Ministry in India. There is an increase in demand for ayurvedic resources and pioneers in holistic health, etc. If you wish to be part of natural healthcare, you can build a good career in Ayurveda. Here are few popular ways to build a career in Ayurveda

(A) Become an Ayurvedic health & wellness expert as one can become health counsellor one can analyze client constitutions and also provide lifestyle and nutritional guidance to support clients in managing health imbalances.

(B) Apply Ayurveda to the healing practice one can be a yoga teacher, massage therapist, physical therapist, acupuncturist, herbalist, etc.

(C) Build or join an integrative medical practice as Ayurveda pairs beautifully with conservative medicine and gratifies the rising requirement for personalization in the medical industry. All the positions of the medical industry which includes physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and health aids can find the new solutions via ayurvedic knowledge.

(D) Personalize guidelines as a nutritionist or dietician one of the primary tools in Ayurveda is diet. One can be a nutritionist guiding clients with the proper details and guidance about healthy practices and proper diet. He/she can suggest proper food as per the individual’s body and work system.

(E) Use Ayurvedic philosophy in counseling or life coaching sessions one can become the Ayurvedic physiology and psychology coach. Ayurveda recognizes the imbalances occurring at each level in a human body i.e. physical, emotional and intellectual. One can look after the various aspects of the clients’ life and help them heal via sessions. 

Courses available under Ayurveda

Under Graduate courses

• Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS): 5 ½ year degree course including one year mandatory clinical training (internship)

• Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS): 5 ½ year degree course including one year mandatory clinical training (internship)

• Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS): 5 ½ year degree course including one year mandatory clinical training (internship)

• Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicines and Surgery (BAMS): 5 ½ year degree course including one year mandatory clinical training (internship)

• B.Sc in Yoga  : 3 year course

• B. A. (Yoga Shastra) : 3 years course

Post Graduate Courses

• M.D. Ayurveda: 3 year course

• MD Siddha: 3 year course

• MD Unani: 3 year course

• MD Homoeopathy: 3 year course

Ph.D. Courses

• Ph. D in Ayurveda: 3 years course

• Ph. D in Unani: 3 years course

Procedure for application and how to apply for the course

ICCR sends the offer letter for scholarships to Indian Missions abroad. The offer of scholarships is advertised by the Indian Missions in countries where the scholarships are offered. Interested students are required to fill online applications available on the A2A portal at the Indian Missions. Applications should be properly filled up and submitted with the complete set of supporting documents. Certified copies of all documents should be accompanied by English translations. The syllabus of the qualifying examination should be enclosed with the application.

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