India Study Program


Program Handbook




SP_ISPWelcome to the Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Science and Technology (TDU).

We are an innovative University focused on the modernization of healthcare in the 21st century. We believe bridging, in an epistemologically informed way, the traditional health science and practices of India, with Western sciences and technology will enhance the quality of healthcare. The Foundation for the Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) the parent body of this university was formed in 1990 by me and Darshan Shankar to document India’s herbal plant heritage, preserve its genetic pool, study its benefits to medical science in our lab and hospital and develop a truly integrated healthcare practice. Today, we have around 200 researchers and professionals on a 17-acres campus. We have documented over 6,500 herbal medicinal plants and collaborated with forest departments to establish around 110 Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas (MPCAs) each of around 200 Hectares size. We have computerized traditional pharmacological uses of the plants in the Indian System of Medicine. Further we have established chemistry, biology labs and a unique 100 bed integrative healthcare center that has been developing SOP’s for integrative clinical practices.

While I accept that modern medicine has taken giant strides in technology, practice, drug discovery, genetics and innovation in healthcare delivery, it still has limitations of efficacy particularly for chronic diseases, reach is expensive and it lacks a holistic approach to personnel health management. Global healthcare experts have indicated that over 60% of global healthcare is still managed by traditional health systems that are cost effective and offer a holistic approach to health management. Bridging both modern and traditional will only benefit mankind as it improves reach, makes healthcare cost effective.

It is a myth that only high cost medical solutions mean good health. Good health in my understanding requires a clear focus on an individual’s lifestyle, nutrition, ability to manage stress, understanding the underlying metabolic causes of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and rejuvenation of mind and body. All these and more make up our India Study Program based on the interface of Indian Systems of Medicine and Healing with western biomedicine.

I invite you to join our India Study Program, experience for yourself how the Indian medical system works, personally benefit from its practices in lifestyle, nutrition, rejuvenation and gain a good understanding of its principles for good health.

Join us in evolving a globally inclusive pluralistic healthcare system that draws on best practices from Indian and western health sciences to bless us all with good health.

Sam Pitroda