Before the advent of modern medicine, ayurveda was the only option for treating illnesses in India. Modern studies have found sufficient evidence of the efficacy of herbs used in Ayurveda for healing ailments. Ayurveda is taught in several colleges in India.
Top 10 Ayurvedic Colleges In India
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore
Ayurvedic Colleges in Karnataka are affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. The common curriculum followed by the colleges is designed to enhance the knowledge of the traditional system of medicine and encourage further research in the field. Admissions to the programs are through a common entrance test conducted by the University of Health Sciences.
The courses offered by the University include Ayurvedacharya and Ayurved Vachaspati with specialization in Dravyaguna (pharmacology), Bhaishjya Kalpana, Kayachikitsa (medicine) and Rasashastra, Shalya (surgery), Shalakya (ENT), and Prasuti and Striroga (obstetrics and gynecology). The University also conducts MD/MS programs in ayurveda.
Lucknow University, Lucknow
The State Ayurvedic College of Lucknow University offers a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) program of five and half years duration. The fifty seats in the undergraduate course is filled through a common entrance examination (CPMT) conducted by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
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Candidates who have passed the class 12 board examination with at least 50% marks in aggregate in chemistry, physics and biology are eligible for the program. The curriculum comprises of anatomy, Maulik Sidhant and Sanghita, Dravyagun, Ras Shastra, Kaya Chikitsa, surgery, obstetrics gynecology and pediatrics. The University also offers a MD Ayur program.
Ayurvedic Medical College, Kolhapur
The Ayurvedic Medical College, founded by Ganga Education Society in Kolhapur, Maharshtra, is a highly rated ayurvedic college in India. It is attached to the Ganga Hospital, a prominent ayurvedic hospital of the country, which is known for advanced research in ayurveda.
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It offers an undergraduate program of five and half years duration in ayurveda, which leads to Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) or Ayurvedacharya. Candidates who have pass the class 12 board examination with at least 50% marks in aggregate in the science stream can join the program. The college has only sixty seats in the undergraduate program. The program is affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Nasik.
JB Roy State Medical College, Kolkata
J.B. Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, established in 1916, is one of the oldest ayurvedic medical colleges in the country. Currently it is affiliated to the West Bengal University of Health Sciences.
It offers an undergraduate course in ayurveda (BAMS). Admission to the sixty seats of the program is through the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination. The program of the college is recognized by the Central Council for Indian Medicine.
Sri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh
Sri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College was founded in 1975 by Shri Dhanwantry Educational Society in Chandigarh. It is centre of academic excellence in education and research in ayurvedic medicine. Students of the college are trained in the super specialty Dabur Dhanwantri Ayurvedic Hospital.
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The curriculum of the program comprises of the basic principles of ayurveda, Sanskrit, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, preventive and social medicine, Ras Shastra, Bhasishjyakalpana, panchkarma, medicine, surgery, ENT, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and juris prudence and toxicology.
Shri Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur
Shri Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya is a private ayurvedic medical college, affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Nasik. It offers a full-time undergraduate program in ayurvedic medicine and surgery (BAMS).
Students can opt for an Ayurvedacharya degree or they may graduate with specialization in one of the 13 disciplines of ayurveda. Candidates who have passed the higher secondary examination with physics, chemistry and biology can apply for the undergraduate program.
Rishikul State Ayruvedic College, Haridwar
Rishikul State Ayurvedic College in Haridwar is one of the oldest ayurvedic colleges in India. To preserve the traditional medicine system of India, the Ayurvedic College was founded in 1906 by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. The college boasts of a large herbal garden, which houses more than 300 indigenous medicinal plants.
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Students are trained in the 154-bed hospital attached to the Ayurvedic College. Rishikul State Ayurvedic College is currently affiliated to HNB Garhwal University, Shrinagar (Garhwal). The college conducts a program in Ayurvedacharya or Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and a postgraduate program that leads to MD (Ayurveda). Postgraduate students can specialize in Ras-shastra and Bhasishajya Kalpana. Admission to the program is through an entrance examination.
Government Ashtang Ayurveda College, Indore
Government Ashtang Ayurveda College in Indore is funded by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The under graduate program of the college is affiliated to Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalyaya.
The forty seats in the Ayurvedacharya program of the college are filled through an entrance examination. Students who have scored at least 50% in aggregate in the science stream in the 10+2 level can join the course.
Gujarat Ayurved University, Gujarat
Gujarat Ayurved University, in Jamnagar, is the first statutory university for education and research in ayurveda in the world. It is jointly managed by the Governments of India and Gujarat. It offers diverse courses in ayurveda including BAMS, MD, PhD, B.Pharm (Ayurveda), D.Pharm (Ayurveda), and M.Pharm (Ayurveda).
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The University conducts M.Sc and PhD programs in medicinal plants. Admissions to the programs are based on merit as determined by the performance of the applicants in the admission examination conducted by the Ayurved University. Foreign nationals and non-resident Indians are admitted directly to the course conducted by the affiliated college of the University.
Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar
Dayanand Ayurvedic College was established by Mahatma Hans Raj in Lahore in 1898. After independence, the college was shifted to Amirtsar and finally to Jalandhar in 1953. This reputed college of ayurveda has produced a large number of prominent ayurvedic scholars.
The Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery program of the college prepares students to manage ailments with the help of traditional medicine. Curriculum of the undergraduate course comprises of studies in human anatomy, physiology and metaphysics. The course provides detailed information on the wide range of medicinal plants found in the Indian subcontinent. Students can specialize in medicine, gynecology and obstetrics, ENT, pediatrics, surgery and Panchkarma. Students are selected through PMET Examination conducted by Panjab University.