IIM hosts ICAUST 2014 and Ayu-Expo

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The Institute of Indigenous Medicine together with the University of Colombo and the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka hosted ICAUST 2014 and Ayu Expo. The event was held in December under the theme ‘Ayurveda the Medicine of Today’ recently.
The keynote addresses at the conference were delivered by Prof. R.R Dwivedi of the Gujarat Ayurvedic University, India, Dr. Wasia Naveed of the Government Nizamia Tibbi College ,India, and Dr. S Bavani from the University of Jaffna. The event was also graced by the Chairperson of the UGC Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo Dr. W.K Hiriburegama. Around 400 participants from Sri Lanka and the SAARC region participated at the conference and simultaneous events.
The inauguration of the event was held at the Water’s Edge, Battaramulla followed by 21 scientific sessions at the Institute of Indigenous Medicine (IIM) in Rajagiriya. The Ayu Expo also saw stall participation from countries like India, Pakistan, Japan, Korea, Australia, Germany and  the USA.

The aim of the conference was to provide a platform for eminent researchers, academics, physicians, traditional and medical practitioners, manufacturers and exporters of Ayurveda and herbal products, members from the corporate sector, marketing consultants, agricultural sector and stake holders from all over the world. The Ayu-Expo trade exhibition on the other hand was organized to facilitate private public partnership with, and is slated to being the ideal platform for business negotiations and deals for the Ayurveda products, thereby gaining exposure to the international market. It will also help to increase import and export trading of herbal ingredients and raw materials.

The IIM in Sri Lanka has an illustrious history of being the center of excellence in the field of Ayurveda, Unani, Traditional Medicine and Allied sciences in training, education, clinical and research of indigenous medicine practices. In 1929, it was founded as the College of Indigenous Medicine and was upgraded and affiliated to the University of Colombo in 1977. At present, the IIM conducts Bachelor’s Degree courses as well as Postgraduate Degree and more recently an MSc in Ayurveda for Health Tourism. The IIM is housed under the Ministry of Higher Education at the administrative capital Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte in a conducive environment for studies and research. The two undergraduate programs, Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery and the Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery have 800 students while the Post Graduate Diploma programmes currently have 50 full-time students.

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