Facilities at Yelahanka Campus

The School of Conservation of Natural Resources (SCNR)

The school promotes research, education and outreach related to the conservation of medicinal flora, fauna, metals and minerals. Currently the School is pursuing three strategic dimensions – Conservation Action, standardization of natural medicinal resources and use of Informatics.

The school houses 4 (four) sub-groups:

  • The Conservation Group (CNR)
  • Indian System of Medicine Informatics and Theoretical Foundation Group (CII)
  • Repository of Medical Resources (RMR)
  • Herbal Gardening and Landscaping Services (HGL)

Some of the major achievements of this school are;

  1. Designed and coordinated implementation, in partnership with Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), GoI and State Forest Departments (SFDs) the tropical world’s largest in situ medicinal plants conservation program that consists of 110 Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCA’s) across 13 states in India.
  2. Established a National Bio-cultural Herbarium and Raw Drug Repository that has herbarium records of over 79% of the medicinal plants used in the Indian System of Medicine.
  3. Developed an illustrated multi-disciplinary National Information database cataloguing critical aspects of diversity, nomenclature, geographical distribution, medicinal usage, pharmacology, agro technology and trade of medicinal plants.
  4. Catalogued and digitized traditional knowledge encrypted in over 1,000 ancient medical manuscripts.
  5. Designed and delivered various Education and outreach programs in conservation to help build competent cadres of frontline forestry staff, senior forest officers, local communities, village level botanists and international groups.

The School of Health Sciences (SHS)

This is a young, innovative, vibrant school making important strides in integrative healthcare, research and education.

The School of Health Sciences hosts 5 sub-groups:

  • Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM) – The University Hospital
  • Clinical Research Group
  • Local Health Traditions Group
  • Ethno-veterinary Group
  • Health Education Group.

The clinical practice and research facilities in the School have the people, process, infrastructure and technology for integrating various streams of traditional healthcare practices with modern biomedical science.

The aim of the University Hospital is to create a new 21st century model for integrative healthcare. It is an NABH accredited 100-bed AYUSH Hospital with in-house diagnostic unit and is recognized as a Centre of Excellence by the Government of India. It caters to approximately 25,000 patients annually, of which 25% are economically challenged patients who are given either free or subsidized treatment. The hospital also conducts regular outreach medical camps in collaboration with network centers in rural pockets.

TDU has established a small but dedicated clinical research group with a vision of evolving an integrative model of healthcare by combining Ayurveda diagnostics, pharmacology and therapeutics with bio-medical, clinical and pre-clinical research. This group is engaged in programs aimed at enhancing the evidence base of Ayurveda clinical practice. It is developing documentation protocols, integrating Ayurveda with biomedical diagnostic tools, observational studies for prioritized disease conditions and developing guidelines for reporting clinical trials. The group has also been developing clinically tested SOPs for integrative clinical practice.

The Local Health Traditions Group is focused on documentation and assessment of the community practices, beliefs and customs related to healthcare and certification of village based healers. This program when upscaled has the potential to promote health security for millions of rural and urban households.

The Ethno-veterinary Group at TDU is addressing the most important problem in livestock management viz., reduction of antibiotics that get into the food chain. The group has initiated pilots to document, assess and disseminate herbal applications which are safe, efficacious & have negligible adverse effects on the animals Traditional Ethno-veterinary practices used ecosystem specific resources which are easily available and hence the interventions are cost effective. It is also engaged in training of farmers & veterinary doctors.

The Education Innovation Group in the School of Health Sciences conducts programs for paramedics and households. Paramedics are trained in methods of detoxification (Panchakarma). Households in Home Remedies, Use of Medicinal Plants in Primary Healthcare, Ayurveda Nutrition & Diet for healthy living.

The School of Life Sciences (SLS)

The School of Life Sciences has a mandate to interpret the sophisticated, systemic theoretical foundations, concepts and practices of Ayurveda in terms of the structural theories of modern science. This is a complex and long-term agenda.

The School currently has initiated work on the following themes:

  • Safe drinking water
  • Rasayana & metabolism
  • Anemia
  • Neuro-degeneration
  • Nutraceutical and Wellness Products
  • Quality standards
  • Drug development