Lucknow| Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow under the aegis of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India organized a two-day national seminar on the topic “AYUSH Healthcare Sector: Opportunities & Challenges” on March 26-27, 2022.The two-day seminar comprised of Ayush Exhibition, Hackathon, and, Exposition. The primary objective of the event was to create awareness about the scope of the emerging AYUSH healthcare sector, to spread information, education, and communication, to promote quality AYUSH Healthcare Products and services, and to come up with solutions for burning problems in the health sector in the country.The chief guest of the event was Dr. Sujata Chaknalobis Scientist “G” & Head (CRTDH, PACE & A2K+ schemes), DSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology. The Guest of Honor of this session was Mr. AkshayMahapatra, Chief Business Officer, PharmEasy, Mumbai. The Keynote speaker of this session was Dr. Narendra Mehrotra, Retd.Scientist, CDRI.In the words of Dr. Sujata Chaknalobis, “Technology development and utilization program for women is a project for economic empowerment and reduction of the drudgery of women. CRTDH is meant to enhance traditional research and foster industry leading to the growth of innovative capabilities of MSMEs.”
Mr. AkshayMahapatrasaid“New Industry Policy 1991 is a completely defining moment for Indian Industry. India got trajectory growth because of New Industrial Policy 1991. Demonetization was a defining moment for India and Google Maps is another defining moment for India as it completely changed the dynamics of digitalization.”Dr. Narendra Mehrotra said “A young mind should understand the difference between healthcare and industry and the Ayush industry is growing faster than the chemical industry.”
Further, a session on Ayurveda, Naturopathy & Yoga stream was conducted in which the Session Chair was Dr. Sanjeev K Ojha, Sr. Principal Scientist, CSIR- NBRI, and the keynote speakers were Dr. PC Saxena, Principal Ayurvedic Medical college, Lucknow; Dr. Ravi Pandey, REO, IIT Kanpur; Dr. AP Chaturvedi, Consultant, MadhavBaug Clinics & Hospitals.
Dr. Sanjeev K Ojhasaid“We must be clear with our expectations if we wish to mint money or work for the mass benefit. With modernization, chyawanprash which used to be consumed by Sages to reduce the aging effects is now available for mass consumption through the efforts of marketers.”
A.P. Chaturvedisaid “In contrast with Ayurveda, there used to be no evidence behind the treatment methodology of Ayurveda. Awareness is a major factor that could bring back trust on Ayurveda.”Ravi Pandey said“Ayurveda has been in existence for thousands of years, and rejuvenation of this ancient practice is now getting more prominent in view of a covid pandemic. It’s time to see this avenue as an opportunity, as the products and processes are already available at the public domain, and erecting a startup would not be as challenging.”
Further, there was a session on Homeopathy stream, in which Dr. BN SINGH, Chairman, Homeopathy Board, UP was the Session Chair and the Keynote Speakers were DR Amit Rastogi,MD HAS Labs and DR Arvind Verma, Director- Homeopathy Medical college, Lucknow.
Next was a session on Unani & Siddha Stream, in which the Session Chair was Dr. E. Kazmiand the keynote speaker was Ashish Parikh, JRK Pharma, Chennai.
In the words of Dr. E.Kazmi, “Unani medicine and with other Indian System of medicine was replaced by Britishers when they ruled India and Masala in literal sense is used to increase nutritional values of the food and cancel the negative values of that food for example meat.”Ashish Parikhtalked about,the history of Siddha System of Medicine, he said it is popular in South India as text books are in Tamil but not so popular in North India.He also mentioned Tamil Nadu Government Gazette mentioned the Siddha Medicine is capable of treating post covid symptoms of Covid Infection.
Towards the end there was Valedictory session, the Keynote speaker & Chair was Dr. RBS Rawat, Ex. PCCF; and the keynote speakers were Mr. Milind Sarwate, Division Head, Pharm Easy, Mumbai and Mr. Anurag Verma, COO, STPI_SGPGI.
Dr. RBS Rawathighlighted the healthcare system of Ayush, a way of life which is comprised with allopathay, naturopathy, Unani, ayurveda and many more, that increases the level of awareness among people.Mr. Milind Sarwatementioned the challenges faced by India’s suppliers in pharma market, also absence of accurate data and a point of care for patients.Mr. Anurag Vermasaid in contrast of Med Tech Personalized boostcamp for entrepreneurs they support selected startups for improvement in their business plan and pitch design.This event endeavored to bring the corporate on a single platform which covered a sectoral exhibition by the participant organization, a technical session covering all forms of alternative medical systems, business networking, and a hackathon to solve the AYUSH sector participant’s problems.
“I am proud to share that the national seminar on “AYUSH Healthcare Sector: Opportunities & Challenges” being held on March 26th-27th, 2022; with the support of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India; is a step forward in forging meaningful ties with the practitioners, entrepreneurs, and policymakers. Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) are a unique initiative to integrate and strengthen the traditional Indian and few other Asian schools of medicine. These alternative schools of thought are gaining their rightful place back in communities across the globe”, said Dr. Kavita Pathak, Director at Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow.
Dr. ShubhendraPraihar, Convener of the National AYUSH seminar and Professor at Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow said that the main goal of organizing this Seminar is to share and enhance the knowledge of every individual in this post-Covid-19 Era. We have given a good opportunity for those who have a thirst in knowing the present advancements in the AYUSH Healthcare sector and the growth opportunities in it.“This Seminar also facilitated the participants to expose and share various novel ideas. The Seminar aimed to spread information, education, and communication to the common man and to give an opportunity to Startups to exhibit their product and services along with helping them to get insights about their challenges through a Hackathon exercise. It reflected the growing importance of alternative therapy in the post-Covid-19 world. The participants got ample opportunities to widen their knowledge and network. A two-day exhibition by Startups in the AYUSH Healthcare space was the attraction of the event. We have also arranged a few food stalls along with book exhibition in the seminar venue to enjoy Lucknow cuisine” said Dr.Parihar.