Journey of Ayurveda – Milestones in the development

• Divine origin of Ayurveda from Lord Brahma – Dates back to origin of human race

• Mention of various references on Health, Diseases and Medicinal Plants in Rig-veda and Atharv-veda -5000 BC

• Origin of Attreya and Dhanwantari School of Ayurveda -1000 BC

• Documentation of Charaka Samhita – 600 BC

• Documentation of Sushruta Samhita- 500 BC

• Advent of Muslim Rulers and start of the Decline of Ayurveda – 1100 to 1800

• Resurrection of Ayurvedic system of Medicine under the rule of Peshwas. – 1800 AD

• Classes in Ayurvedic medicine opened in Government Sanskrit College, Calcutta – 1827

• Discontinuation of classes in Government Sanskrit College by British – 1833

• Dr. Komar Commission (one-man commission) to make investigation in indigenous system of medicine – 1917

• Indian National Congress Convention at Nagpur recommended acceptance of Ayurvedic system of medicine as India’s National Health Care System – 1920

• Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College in Delhi – 1921

• Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya established Ayurveda college in B. H.U., Varanasi – 1927

• Enforcement of Drugs and Cosmetics Act for Ayurvedic/Siddha/Unani medicines – 1940

• Bhora Committee or Health Survey and Development Committee recognised past services of indigenous medicines but failed to recommend for its further development. – 1943

• Chopra Committee recommended systems of old and modern systems of medicines to evolve a common system of medicine. – 1946

• Pharmaceutical Enquiry Committee headed by Dr. Bhatia, for intensive research in indigenous drugs of Ayurveda. – 1953

• Recommendation of Dave Committee for uniform standards of Ayurveda education – 1955

• Establishment of Institute of Post-Graduate Training and Research in Gujarat Ayurvedic University, Jamnagar, Gujarat – 1956 to 1957

• Udupa Committee set up. It recommended that there is a need for integrated system of medicine and a training course in Siddha and Ayurveda – 1958

• Establishment of Post Graduate Institute of Ayurveda at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – 1963 to 1964

• Amendment of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 for Indian systems of medicines/drugs – 1964

• Establishment of Central Board of Siddha and Ayurvedic Education – 1964 to 1965

• Setting up of an apex Research Body for Indian medicine & Homoeopathy, ‘Central Council for Research in Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (CCRIMH)’ – 1969

• Establishment of Pharmacopoeia Laboratory for Indian medicine, Ghaziabad, U.P. – 1970

• Constitution of Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) under IMCC Act – 1970

• Establishment of National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 1972 to 1973

• Publication of Part-I of Ayurvedic formulary containing 444 preparations – 1976

• Establishment of Central Council of Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS) – 1978

• Passing of Amended Drugs and Cosmetics Act regulating import/export of Indian Systems of Medicine – 1982

• Setting up of Indian Medicine Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd. in Mohan, Almora Distt., Uttaranchal. – 1983

• Silver Jubilee function of Jawaharlal Nehru Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants Garden and Harbarium, Pune. Inaugurated by Shri R. Venkataraman, Vice-president of India . – 1986

• Second World Conference on Yoga & Ayurveda held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – 1986

• Foundation stone of Jawaharlal Nehru Anusandhan Bhawan, Institutional Area, Janakpuri, New Delhi by Hon’ble Vice President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma – 1988

• Establishment of National Academy of Ayurveda (Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth) – 1989

• Creation of separate Department of Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy in Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India – 1995

• Introduction of Extra mural Research Programme for accredited organizations with central assistance – 1996

• Implementation of Central Scheme in 33 organizations for development of agro-techniques of important medicinal plants – 1997

• Maiden participation of Ayurveda alongwith other systems in India International Trade Fair – 1998

• Implementation of Central Scheme in 32 laboratories for developing pharmacopoeial standards of Medicinal Plants/ ISM Formualations – 1998

• Establishment of specialty clinic of Ayurveda in Central Govt. Hospital (Safdarjung Hospital) New Delhi – 1998

• Implementation of IEC( Information, Education & Communication) Scheme for NGOs for propagation and popularization of Ayurveda & other systems – 1998 to 1999

• Participation in Mystique India ( Exhibition cum fair on Indian Traditions) – 1997 to 1999

• Introduction of Vanaspati Van Scheme for large scale cultivation of Medicinal Plants – 1999

• Inauguration of Ayurveda conference at Newyork, USA by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee – 2000

• Gazette Notification for constitution of Medicinal Plant Board under the Deptt. of Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy – 2000

• Publication of 2nd volume of Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia – 2000

• Introduction 7 of Ayurvedic Medicines in RCH Programme – 2000

• Constitution of Advisory group for research in Ayurveda – 2000

• Policy Decision on mainstreaming of Ayurveda in RCH programme as per National Population Policy – 2000

• Implementation of Central Scheme of assistance for strengthening of State Drug Testing Laborites and Pharmacies – 2000 to 2001

• Publication of 3rd volume of Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia – 2001

• Publication of English edition of 2nd volume of Ayurvedic Formulary of India – 2001

• Maiden participation of ISM tableau on Republic Day – 2001

• Exhibition and presentation of Ayurveda during World Health Assembly, Geneva – 2001

• Presentation on evidence based support by Deptt. of ISM&H before House of Lords, U.K. against Sir Walton Committee’s Report on status and nomenclature of Ayurveda among Complementary and Alternative systems of Medicine – 2001

• Participation of Dept. in “Made in India” exhibition organized by CII in South Africa – 2001
Source: Department of Ayurveda, Government of India



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4 responses to “Journey of Ayurveda – Milestones in the development

  1. Nice posting. Do you know about these Samhita texts?

  2. I guess I’m gonna need to look up a couple more things but this is a really good starting point.

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