The School of Integrative Health Sciences
The School of Integrative Health Sciences focuses on disciplines such as Life Science, Genomics, Clinical Research, Local Health Traditions, Indian Systems of Medicine (Ayurveda) and Ethno-veterinary sciences. The School currently offers courses in the areas of Life Sciences (Ayur–Biology), Ethno-veterinary practice and Nadi-Vigyana
Post Graduate Programs
- M.Sc. Life Sciences (Ayurveda Biology)
- Certificate course in Ethno-veterinary practice
- Certificate course in Nadi-Vigyana
Master of Science in Life Sciences (Ayur - Biology)Download Brochure
Ayurveda primarily focuses on health management through holistic principles. Though Ayurveda is an ancient science of life, its principles and practices are valid even today and have significant relevance in contemporary healthcare sector. The essence of any science is the continuous quest for new knowledge through research and development. The need for continuous scientific evaluation of Ayurveda has also been well recognized. However, research in Ayurveda has been highly dominated by studies focusing only on medicinal plants and bioactive compounds for herbal drug development. It is the need of the hour to have novel educational and research programs in Ayurveda, integrating with modern bioscience, for a paradigm shift in Ayurvedic research perspective as well as to broaden the understanding of the principles and science of Ayurveda in contemporary scientific languages. The MSc in Life Sciences is focused on the theme of Ayurveda Biology, and intends to generate a knowledge interface between Ayurveda and life sciences for applications in contemporary healthcare research and industry needs. The program scope is to interpret the sophisticated, systemic theoretical foundations, principles and practices of Ayurveda using modern scientific tools. Thus, it works for bridging SHASTRA (traditional Indian health sciences) and SCIENCE.
The program theme is ideal for students who are interested in taking up challenging transdisciplinary research in Ayurveda and modern biomedicine. The following broad outcomes make it a unique program
- To create a knowledge interface between Ayurveda and modern life sciences.
- To integrate theoretical and practical aspects of life sciences and technology with Ayurveda for applications in contemporary healthcare research and industry needs.
- To train students in basics of Shastra and Science for logical synthesis and application of knowledge systems of Ayurveda and Biology.
- To build skill and capacity in students to take up industry/academic based research jobs in the area of Life Sciences/Biomedicine/Ayurveda.
Course details (topics)
The MSc Life Sciences (Ayurveda Biology) is a four semesters, 80 credit postgraduate degree program. Coursework offered as part of this program are broadly divided to core courses and elective courses.
Core courses are mandatory courses that form the foundation of Ayurveda Biology program. The program will have the following focus in each of the semesters –
Semester-1: Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of modern life sciences including human physiology, biochemistry, bioenergetics, molecular biology and cell biology. A course on principles of life, wellness and disease in Ayurveda will provide the basic foundations of Ayurvedic understanding of human physiology and wellness. A course on nutrition and human health will introduce the subject from both Ayurvedic and modern science perspective. Further, students shall undertake various practical learning activities to learn about laboratory/research documentation and scientific writing. Students will be encouraged to have active discussions and dialogues between Ayurveda and modern science researchers either on campus or at partner research institutions to explore transdisciplinary applications.
Semester – 2: Students will learn basic concepts of drug design in Ayurveda and biomedicine, fundamentals of immunology and infections and the basics of clinical and public health. The research methodology course will help students understand different research methods, approaches, hypothesis development, scientific writing and communications. A ‘lab rotation’ activity shall be given to the students wherein the students will be assigned to research groups, on a rotation basis, to enable hands on learning of research activities. Workshops will be conducted to build confidence and soft skills in the students.
Apart from these core courses, students will be required to take relevant electives (at least one per semester), in consultation with their research supervisor, to get a deeper understanding of their subject of research. The School of Life Sciences plans to offer various electives viz. Bridge course in Sanskrit, Scientific and logic concepts in Indian Philosophy, Herbal drug analysis, Bioinformatics and Database, Pharmaceutical chemistry, Biology of metabolic diseases, Mode of action of Ayurvedic formulations and Ayurgenomics. Students are however free to take relevant elective courses from other institutions (ensuring the courses adhere to the credit system prescribed by UGC) in consultation with their research supervisor.
Semester – 3 & 4: The program has a major component of hypothesis driven research in different fields of Ayurveda Biology leading to a thesis/research paper. Students are expected to have the necessary foundation from their core and elective coursework and should be ready to start serious research work. Students who have gaps in their knowledge and skills may be required to do additional coursework as recommended by either the research supervisor or the Masters Advisory Committee. Students will select and obtain consent from a research supervisor with expertise in the specific research topic related to Ayurveda Biology and work with them on a research project. At the end of the 4th semester, students shall submit a thesis/dissertation which shall be evaluated by a panel of examiners. The research topics selected are expected to have long term and short term deliverables. The minimum duration of the research component is two semesters (one year). Broad areas for research could include Traditional Knowledge based public health (Water purification and quality enhancement, Iron deficiency anemia, Malaria), Health and wellness in Ayurveda (Metabolic diseases, Holistic nutrition, Ayurvedic nootropics, Ayurvedic Nutraceutical), Pharmacology (Ayurvedic pharmacognosy, Ayurvedic pharmaceutics, TK based drug discovery, Quality control and standardization of herbal drugs) and OMICs in Ayurveda biology
Potential partners who will offer elective courses
Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi
Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology
National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore
Centre for Cellular And Molecular Platforms
St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences
Opportunities for students who will complete the course
The proposed program has collaboration and partnership with leading academic/research institutions like Acharya B.M.Reddy College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, IGIB, New Delhi as well as herbal industries like Natural Remedies Bangalore. The students trained through this program will have opportunities in the academic/research sector as well as in Ayurvedic, nutra- and pharmaceutical industries.
Fees and Financial Assistance
For details, please refer the Brochure.
Certificate course in ‘Panchakarma Therapy and Yoga Basics’Download Brochure
Ayurveda defines health as ‘Swasthya’, which can be explained as ‘state of balanced metabolism,equilibrium of physiological functions (vata, pitta, kapha), proper production & elimination of waste products, normal functioning of bodily tissues with contentment state of mind, sense & self(consciousness.)’
The key to prevention of disease & to maintain balance in state of health, Ayurveda emphasises preventive and healing therapies along with various methods of detoxification and rejuvenation. These therapies are dealt under the program by name – ‘Panchakarma’.
Panchakarma literally means five methods of Body purification. These methods are employed in the healthy to prevent diseases and in the diseased to treat a number of diseases. These methods are also adopted as a part of rejuvenation therapy (Rasayana). There are certain preparatory steps to be taken before the actual Panchakarma are performed. They are called as Poorva karma. Also there are procedures advised after the actual panchakarmas. These are called Paschat karma. This program intends to train person in doing all these procedures in a systematic and classical way under the directions of a physician.
Yoga being an integral part of Ancient wisdom & coinciding principles with Ayurveda, plays an important role in prevention. This program also trains therapist in basics yoga practices, so that the therapist can help the physician in imparting instructions to patient & the skilled therapist can be the demonstrator of Yogic techniques under directions of a physician.
Health care services in 21 st century are moving towards Multidisciplinary, Integrative approach. With the increase in Awareness about Ayurveda & its non surgical therapies, there has been raised demand for Skilled Panchakarma therapists by more than 3 folds.
I-AIM has been pioneer in training Panchakarma therapists from last 6 plus years and successfully trainer more than 100 therapists all over India with almost 100% of placement.
Learning Objectives of the course:
- To provide skills with hands on training of all the procedures (upakarmas) related to Panchakarma therapy.
- To provide skills in Assisting physician for effective conduction of major karmas–Vamana, virechana, Nasya, Basthi, Rakthamokshana
- To provide skills in preparations of medicines related to panchakarma and upakarmas
- To provide skills in identification & Awareness about usage of medicinal plants in Primary health care.
- To provide knowledge of Basic principles of Ayurveda
- To provide knowledge and skills in performing yoga asanas for self health & demonstration to the patient
- To provide skills of Patient care, basic nursing skills and first aid services at Hospital
- To provide Soft skill and communication skills
- To provide Awareness to Adopt good hygienic standards, etiquette and values
Eligibility Criteria: To provide Awareness to Adopt good hygienic standards, etiquette and values
The candidate should
- Have passed 10th exams
- Be above 18 years of age at the time of course completion
- Have a functional understanding of English language
- Have an aptitude to pursue a service oriented career as Panchakarma therapist
Medium of instructions: English and one regional language
Faculty: The faculty consists of more than 20 experienced clinicians of Ayurveda & Yoga, along with senior therapists, who are well versed in Theory, good clinical practice & patient interaction.
Topics covered in the syllabus
Section I – Foundation course
- Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda
- Swasthavritta – Concepts of wellness
- Basic physiology of human body in Ayurveda (Sharir Kriya)
- Elementary structures and functions of human body (Sharir Rachana)
Section II – Medicinal Plants & preparations
- Dravyaguna – Basics of Ayurveda pharmacology
- Bhaishajya kalpana – Preparation of Panchakarma related Medicines
Section III – Panchakarma
- Introduction to Concept of Panchakarma
- Instruments used in panchakarma
- Guidelines for therapists
- Detailed understanding of Purvakarma (pre- operative Procedures)
- Detailed understanding of pradhana karma procedure (main procedures)
- Detailed understanding of Paschat karma (post operative procedure)
- Cosmetic care in Ayurveda
Section IV – Yoga
- Basics Of Yoga
Section V – Soft skills
- Personal hygiene
- Good Housekeeping
- Spoken English
- Developing personality skills
Section VI –
- Basic First Aid methods
- Basic Nursing Procedures
- Hospital dynamics
Course Fee (for 6 months course) : INR 50,000
Breakup of fees
Registration & certification fees : INR 4,000
Tuition fee : INR 34,000
Evaluation : INR 6,000
Admin overheads : INR 6,000
Food & accommodation (@ INR 5,000/pm) : INR 30,000
International students: Consolidated fees – USD 4,000 (Including Accommodation & Food for 6 months)
Contact details for more information:
Dr. Girish Kumar V.
Senior Assistant Professor
Education Unit, IAIM, TDU
Phone no: +91 9844 7939 64; 080-28567000; etxn. 479; 080-28568000