Aca­demic chair on ayu­verda in UTAR

New Straits Times - - Higher Ed -

UNIVER­SITI

Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man (UTAR) and the Cen­tral Coun­cil for Re­search in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) of the Repub­lic of In­dia of­fi­cially signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) at UTAR Sun­gai Long Cam­pus re­cently.

The MoU was ini­ti­ated af­ter UTAR Chan­cel­lor Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik’s visit to Jaipur and Ra­jasthan in In­dia last year.

Ling said the MoU is a sig­nif­i­cant step in help­ing the uni­ver­sity to train qual­ity med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and the es­tab­lish­ment of its hospi­tal.

“UTAR has em­barked on the jour­ney of set­ting up a hospi­tal in Kam­par, of­fer­ing both con­tem­po­rary medicine and tra­di­tional and com­ple­men­tary medicine (T&CM).

“It is unique that we are look­ing at a more holis­tic as­pect by in­clud­ing west­ern medicine, tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine and Ayurveda.”

UTAR pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik said: “Dur­ing the visit (by the chan­cel­lor), the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ayurveda and UTAR signed an MoU, and dis­cussed the po­ten­tial of hav­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions, par­tic­u­larly in med­i­cal and health sciences ed­u­ca­tion. To­day’s MoU for the chair in ayurveda is an ex­ten­sion of the col­lab­o­ra­tion with the aim to train qual­ity med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als.”

Present were the Deputy High Com­mis­sioner of In­dia Nikhilesh Chan­dra Giri and the First Sec­re­tary (Com­merce and In­for­ma­tion) to the High Com­mis­sion of In­dia Bramha Ku­mar.

Nikhilesh said: “I be­lieve this is just the be­gin­ning of our mean­ing­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion with ef­forts from the High Com­mis­sion of In­dia in Malaysia, CCRAS and UTAR. I look for­ward to more fruit­ful col­lab­o­ra­tions with UTAR for mu­tual ben­e­fits and hope to visit the UTAR Kam­par Cam­pus soon.”

Through the MoU, an Aca­demic Chair in Ayurveda will be set up in UTAR. Both CCRAS and UTAR will work closely to strengthen and fur­ther de­velop col­lab­o­ra­tions to raise aware­ness and qual­ity of Ayurvedic ed­u­ca­tion while broad­en­ing the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of stu­dents in Ayurvedic Sci­ence.

Some roles of the Chair are to con­duct aca­demic and re­search ac­tiv­i­ties in Ayurveda, pro­vide guide­lines on mat­ters re­lated to Ayurveda, de­sign aca­demic stan­dards with ref­er­ence to the need of UTAR and ed­u­ca­tional guide­lines of Ayurveda in In­dia, and act as a cred­i­ble source of Ayurveda, Yoga & Natur­opa­thy, Unani, Sid­dha and Ho­moeopa­thy (AYUSH) re­lated in­for­ma­tion.

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