In view of the growing demand for traditional Indian medicine, a four-year degree course in Ayurveda would be offered by the prestigious Jadavpur University (JU) for the first time in eastern India.
The course, which would be the second of its kind in the country after Gujarat, would be offered by the Bengal Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BIPS) in joint venture with West Bengal Health Department under a public-private-partnership formula.
Announcing this Prof Biswanath Sa, Head of the Dept. of Pharmaceutical Technology, JU, said that the university would provide the academic direction for the degree couse in B.Pharm (Ayurveda) and the state government the infrastructure support at the premises of the State Pharmacopoeial Laboratory and Pharmacy of India Medicine at Kalyani in Nadia district.
He said that the Kalyani campus besides having a drug testing laboratory has modern and sophisticated equipment, an ayurvedic medicine-manufacturing centre as well as a medicinal plant garden.
Speaking on the occasion the CEO of BIPS, Subir Pal said that the institute would train graduates in the preparation of ayurvedic drugs.
In the first year, 60 students would be selected through the joint entrance examination for the new course.
The course is being offered in view of the growing demand for Indian herbal medicine all over the world.
India currently exports Rs 450 crore of herbal drugs which has the potential of growing to Rs 3000 crore within a short span of time, Pal said.