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Bankura doctor to frame WHO guidelines on Ayurvedic treatment

Kolkata: Dr Asit Kumar Panja, an ayurvedic genius from an obscure village in Bankura's Joyrambati, has been nominated as an expert by the Ministry of AYUSH to chart the guidelines for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the field of Ayurvedic treatment and also for the stanadardisation of international protocols.

Panja, who has already set his footprint in the national and international arena for his multi-faceted contributions in the field of Ayurveda, will be flying to WHO headquarters in Geneva early next month.

As assistant professor of the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur in Rajasthan, Panja will work towards the formulation of a standard procedure and guidelines for Ayurveda treatment.

Following the completion of the project Panja will submit the documents to the WHO, which will be eventually published as a standard methodology for the treatment not only in India but also across the world.

It has often been found that many Ayurveda practitioners provide treatment across the globe without having relevant degrees as there are no standard guidelines.

Dr Panja will set the benchmark for treatment and it will get the official clearance from the WHO.

This apart, Dr Panja will also help the WHO in publishing a standard terminology in the field of Ayurveda.

It may be mentioned here that Dr Panja bagged the prestigious 'Young Scientist Award' last year in the category of

Literary Research.

The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences under the Ministry of Ayush had conferred the award on Dr Panja.

He has been carrying out research on various aspects of Ayurveda for the past 15 years and has been associated with various research projects of Ayush and World Health Organisation (WHO).

He has gone through classical texts and manuscripts of Ayurveda and converted the treasured knowledge into a modern form, exploring the possible ways of implementing the old and pure form of Indians traditional methods of treatment.

Research was done on how the classical ways of treatment and diagnosis can be attributed a modern touch. Panja has performed researches on 35 aspects including the coding of ancient Ayurvedic manuscripts.

The Ayush Ministry also nominated Dr Bhupesh Rajnikant Patel as another expert who will look after other aspects of Ayurveda.

The main purpose behind developing standard terminology was to recognise various Ayurvedic terms on the international platform.

The Ministry of Ayush had already developed National Ayush Morbidity and Standardised Terminologies Electronic Portal (Namaste-Portal) where various Ayurvedic terms have found place with their synonyms in English and Hindi languages.

Many old manuscripts, which were originally in Sanskrit language, have already been digitised to attract attention from the international audience. The ministry had also tied with the WHO in this regard.

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