Ayurveda courses (degree and diploma) provided in Rajasthan are attracting a lot of students from Europe, SAARC nations as well as USA. The ministry of Ayush that governs the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) based in Jaipur has reported that Ayurveda has been a subject of interest for foreign student.
"This year again, we have received a phenomenal response from foreign students. The popularity of ayurveda has been increasing. Students are making a beeline for its courses because of the vast job opportunities this stream offers," said Shankar Rao, Director of NIA.
Students who aspire to study Ayurveda can apply online for the course.
The NIA is affiliated to the esteemed Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Rajasthan Ayurved University. There are four other such universities in India.
The institute follows a combined approach to teach Ayurveda. Both ancient and modern texts are followed while teaching. Well-equipped labs as well as advanced medical and surgical equipment are also provided. A pharmacy unit for drug production is also available at the institute.
Talking about the facilities in the college, Shankar Rao said that the institute provides equipment and aid to conduct bio-chemistry, haematology and microbiology and drug tests. He also said that their pharmacy production unit is well facilitated with all natural resources required to make medicines.
Special courses have been started in order to cater to the preferences and demands of foreign students. With the establishment of Ayush ministry after the formation of Narendra Modi-led government, people have become more aware about Ayurveda and its benefits.
Paul Dsouza in his email to the director of the institute wrote that he is researching ancient medical sciences and is keen to learn more about Ayurveda since many of its principles were found to be true in medical researches.
More students from across the globe are seeking admission to NIA and are asking for assistance in their research work. 50 foreign students are about to complete their diploma courses from NIA.