Endowment

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Create an endowment

The most important need of the Trans-disciplinary University (TDU) is endowment as they ensure support for providing educational and research excellence today and innovation far into the future. Hence a strong and sizable endowment is necessary for the autonomy, excellence and sustainability of the University. Generation after generation, these funds ensure that students, professors, and alumni have the seed resources to build their fuller potential and contribute to the revitalization of India’s rich medical heritage. The University is targeting an endowment fund of US $ 100 Million to achieve its two central goals.

The University’s two central goals are;

  1. Development of affordable, accessible and effective strategies to significantly enhance Health Security of communities & their livestock.
  2. Creation of new knowledge in Health Sciences through trans-disciplinary research in basic, clinical, pharmacological, pharmaceutical and social sciences.

An endowed gift cements a donor’s life-long relationship with our University. Endowed funds are invested and managed by the university in perpetuity and in legally permissible ways, to generate annual interest income for the purpose the donor specifies and for goals the University wishes to achieve. Our overall endowment supports education and research, financial aid, facilities and the latest technology. With a strong endowment, the University can recruit the best faculty, researchers, healthcare professionals, and students; keep up with new knowledge and develop new ways to share it; and attract the most visionary leaders.

Endowment gifts must be accompanied by formal gift agreements. Endowments are typically named after the donor(s) or a person(s) the donor wishes to honor. They may be established by a one-time gift for a specific purpose, a series of gifts, a pledge paid over a period of five years, wills, trusts, gifts of appreciated assets, an untied gift or a combination of these. In the case of gifts for specific purposes, they can be used to establish creating professorial chairs, instituting new programs, constructing new facilities, student scholarships or for initiating specific time-bound research programs. In the case of untied gifts, they can be used for general operations, special outreach initiatives, provide matching grants, honorarium for guru’s or inviting international guest faculties. Depending on specific program needs, the donor’s objectives, and the type of gift, higher amounts may be necessary to achieve desired outcomes.


 

Create Professorial Chairs

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The caliber of an academic institution rests upon the quality of its faculty. To continue to innovate, TDU needs the best minds. Knowledge workers are the lifeblood of the university. Endowed chairs and professorships are the most powerful tools a University has for recruiting and retaining top scholars, scientists, and persons with practical knowledge and skills.

Endowed chairs or professorships are the highest recognitions that an institution of higher education bestows on its faculty. But the value of endowed faculty positions go far beyond their worth in recognizing outstanding achievement.


 

Create Research Fellowships

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Endowed and time-bound Research fellowships attract the very best applicants for post-graduate and doctoral studies. In fact, for many scholars, the choice of University is strongly influenced by economic factors such as fellowship opportunities.

Research fellowships give exceptional students the flexibility and freedom to focus on their own research interests and pursue the cutting-edge education and trans-disciplinary research for which TDU is established.


 

TransDisciplinary Research

TDU is established to focus on applied research, translational research, and the intersection of five disciplines with the Indian System of Medicine. Our faculty work collaboratively to address critical, health science and technology needs of contemporary society.

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It needs to be recognized that the development of the new discipline of “Trans-disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology”, is an evolving, creative and a long-term program. It necessarily involves establishing a trans-disciplinary ‘research platform’ between indigenous (shastras) and western health sciences. This is a complex task because it demands building bridges across knowledge systems that are constructed on the basis of apparently different world-views, schemes of logic, principles, concepts and categories. To put it simplistically, it involves bridging the structural view of Nature, embodied in the modern sciences, with a systemic view that is the hallmark of traditional Indian knowledge systems like Ayurveda and Yoga.

India can be a world leader in this new field of ‘Trans-disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology’ because we have over the last century or so assimilated and achieved a reasonable degree of competence in bio-medical and life sciences and we possess an incredibly rich and varied medical heritage of our own.

Some of the programmatic themes that the University has started working on include;

  • Low-cost solution for safe drinking water
  • Making original contributions to life sciences from Ayurvedic biology in areas like Ayur-Genomics, Nutrition, Pathogenesis, Drug delivery, Metabolism and Neuro-biology.
  • Developing Complementary Healthcare protocols for selected NCDs of national and global importance based on Ayurveda & Yoga
  • Developing globally applicable herbal products for Veterinary care

 

Instituting New Academic Programs

The University is looking to institute innovative, experiential and new academic programs that are focused on the knowledge area which is referred to in our constitution as “Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology”. The context of this knowledge area is outlined in the “Need for TDU” section of our site.

The university is presently engaged in designing innovative academic programs as outlined below:

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  • A residential Gurukul program for undergraduate and postgraduate education in Ayurveda wherein both students and Guru’s will reside in a campus facilitating an experiential learning environment that enabled free interactions between them in a genuine spirit of enquiry.
  • Masters programs in: Integrative Healthcare, trans-disciplinary research methodology focused on clinical and pharmacological research and conservation of medicinal plants.
  • An experiential learning based masters program in public health that enables leadership and innovation in public health.
  • Certificate/diploma programs on: quality control for herbal industry, ethnobotany, ethnoveterinary practice and health education programs for households.
  • A unique Prior learning assessment, education and accreditation program for folk healers in primary healthcare.
  • Certificate courses for Panchakarma therapists, nurses and pharmacists.