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Int J Ayurveda Res. 2010 Apr-Jun; 1(2): 133.
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Kishor Patwardhan
Department of Kriya Sharir, Faculty of Ayurveda, IMS, BHU, Varanasi 221 005, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India E-mail: patwardhan.kishor/at/
In response to the communication by Dr. Sanjeev Rastogi we are willing to give our following comments:
  • Apart from the challenges of Ayurveda education that we have recognized in the present study,[1] we have also observed that the Ayurveda graduates are not trained adequately in basic clinical skills[2] and this is probably the major cause of diffident clinicians being produced. Unless the memory-oriented and theory-oriented teaching does not transform into clinically oriented practical training, the problem is probably going to remain.
  • There is an urgent need of establishing a national level body for taking care of the following.
    • Educational research is carried out in Ayurveda and suitable recommendations are put forth from time to time to ensure the relevance of Ayurveda education.
    • Strict regulatory norms are implemented while granting approvals to the institutions.
    • Uniform pay packages and regular promotions are ensured to attract and retain good teachers and clinicians in the education system.
    • NET-like compulsory national level screening test is introduced to assess the quality of the aspiring teachers before declaring them eligible for lectureship.
  • At present, India follows the policy model of "parallel approach", where traditional systems of medicine and Allopathy are segregated.[3] Implementation of the policy model of "integrated approach", where all streams of medicine are integrated at all the levels of education and practice, as being followed in China and Vietnam,[4] may be the eventual solution for this problem.
1. Patwardhan K, Gehlot S, Singh G, Rathore HCS. Global challenges of graduate level Ayurvedic education: A survey. Int J Ayurveda Res. 2010;1:49–54. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
2. Patwardhan K, Gehlot S, Singh G, Rathore HC. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. The Ayurveda Education in India: How well are the graduates exposed to basic clinical skills? 2009 [In Press] [PMC free article] [PubMed]
3. Bodeker G. Lessons on integration from the developing world's experience. BMJ. 2001;322:164–7. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
4. Patwardhan B, Warude D, Pushpangadan P, Bhatt N. Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine: A comparative overview. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2005;2:465–73. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
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